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eaglebeaky - Rauner’s budget superstar exits Illinois with $165,000–and no budget - Quincy, IL News -
That may be true Qfingers, but if so why did the (so-called) "superstar finance expert" even take the Illinois job in the first place if she apparently had no intention of trying to come up with some kind of a solution? Remember that airline pilot (Capt. Sullenberger) a while back, who managed to successfully land his crippled plane full of passengers in the middle of the Hudson River (saving a whole…
ONCEMORE1 - Clinics to open in Senior Center, Indian Hills - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I wonder how many of these "Free Clinics" Durbin gasses on about he's ever visited for actual healthcare, with his Golden Government (taxpayer supported) insurance. One thing to walk in as a State Senator with the media and entourage to check the service, quite another to be one of the indigent or elderly trying to actually GET service. And, like anything the Government does, it'll…
qfingers - Rauner’s budget superstar exits Illinois with $165,000–and no budget - Quincy, IL News -
Perhaps it's more like Illinois is so screwed up it's beyond repair.
eaglebeaky - Federal Court blocks EPA’s Clean Water rule from taking effect on August 28, 2015 - Quincy, IL
I noticed that too, GML... and Illinois (if it were to be included among all of the other states that were listed in this case) would have been the furthest east out of all of them. So my first thought was that (maybe) it's purely a geographic issue? Perhaps Illinois falls under the jurisdiction of a different federal court, and not this one located in North Dakota. I honestly don't know,…
QuincyGuy - Clinics to open in Senior Center, Indian Hills - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Due in would do well to help those facing economic problems find work. It's his party that is responsible for today's economy. With all the different sources to transport people from home to our current clinics, I question the need for this. Don't start thinking Durbin is Daddy Big Bucks either. "That money came out of OUR pockets."

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Cullerton spokeswoman: "It's still going to feel very draconian"; Madigan interview from Sun-Times

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Unwilling to extend the state's temporary income tax increase or make deep cuts in state programs, Illinois lawmakers are working on a budget plan that would keep spending at current levels in the next fiscal year.

Although the so-called "middle of the road" budget plan may be more palatable to election-minded lawmakers, the new approach nearly guarantees Gov. Pat Quinn will have to navigate some serious financial potholes as he runs the state and plots his re-election chances against Republican Bruce Rauner.

The proposal, for example, won't account for rising wages, higher health insurance bills and other unavoidable cost increases in the fiscal year beginning July 1, meaning even a flat budget in some state agencies could still seem like a significant cut — especially once the temporary tax hike expires at the end of the year.

"It's still going to feel very draconian," said Rikeesha Phelon, spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago. "The agencies will have their challenges."

The latest twist in the annual rite of spring budget-making came as lawmakers returned from a weekend break to try and wrap up the legislative session by Saturday's scheduled adjournment.

For months, Quinn has warned of a financial doomsday if the state's 5 percent income tax is allowed to roll back as planned to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, told reporters Monday that the lack of support for extending the tax hike or for making big cuts in state services had lawmakers trying to craft a spending blueprint that relies on natural revenue growth and other accounting moves to keep state government muddling through another year.

Madigan said schools would receive flat funding under the new proposal, but neither he or Senate Democrats could specify how tax dollars would be divided up among agencies that oversee prisons, mental health facilities and other state programs.

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