* Because of the impasse, local governments aren’t getting their state motor fuel tax money, their video gaming cut, their salary, infrastructure and social service reimbursements, etc. So I’m actually a little surprised we haven’t seen more stories like this one…
Geneseo officials want to treat the state of Illinois similar to any other deadbeat […]
Chante Morrison of Galesburg was a working single mother of two daughters when she applied for the state’s subsidized day care program in July.
Morrison, who said she earned about $10 an hour, then learned that the state had changed eligibility criteria for the program and […]
Uber is trying to make its case for expanding in Chicago through new radio ads that trumpet its availability in underserved parts of the city.
The ad, provided to POLITICO Illinois, doesn’t focus on Uber’s biggest battle right now – getting a City Council OK to pick up at city airports.
The ad instead urges […]
A couple of decades of Illinois Statehouse reporting experience in the person of KURT ERICKSON of Lee Enterprises newspapers are moving on to the Show-Me State.
In December, Erickson will join the Jefferson City, Missouri, bureau of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The Post-Dispatch is […]
* If you missed the Better Government Association’s report last week about how the Chicago Public Schools system was caught fudging its graduation rates, you should most definitely click here. Good, solid stuff.
* But this BGA story about e-mails sent by Nancy Kimme to the Rauner folks regarding hiring? Not so much…
Among them […]
* My weekly syndicated newspaper column…
The Illinois Senate had been scheduled to return to Springfield on Oct. 6 after not being in session since Sep. 9. But last week, the Senate President postponed session until Oct. 20.
The reason is pretty straightforward.
The Senate has overridden several gubernatorial vetoes. It’s pretty easy for the majority party because […]
* My Crain’s Chicago Business column…
What’s happening in Springfield might best be explained by World War I.
We have an invading army (Gov. Bruce Rauner) aggressively marching right over one enemy (former Gov. Pat Quinn) before slamming headlong into trench warfare (legislative Democrats led by House Speaker Michael Madigan).
Now, before anybody gets their kerchiefs in a […]
* Ah, life in Illinois…
[South Beloit School District Superintendent Scott Fisher] said the district typically receives a little over $3 million in general aid from the state. The district’s saving grace is its upward enrollment, Fisher said.
“There are no clear payment dates and its not on time,” said Fisher. “We never budget all our money […]
* As we’ve already discussed, legislation was introduced earlier this week to fund this program and several others, but its fate is not quite certain…
The budget fight between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats in the General Assembly could leave Illinoisans stranded in an emergency.
Without a budget in place, emergency 911 telephone systems in every […]