Tough Budget Choices

The budget-making process is moving along in Springfield as lawmakers struggle with paying down billions of dollars in overdue bills while keeping state government afloat. Jak Tichenor talks with Illinois legislative leaders about the touch choices ahead during the countdown to adjournment on May 31st.

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Illinois Governor’s 2012 Budget Address

Governor Pat Quinn delivers his 2012 Budget Address before a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly. Rich Miller from provides a look ahead before the governor’s remarks. Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky provides reaction to the governor’s address. Speaker of the House Rep. Michael Madigan (D) Chicago provides his reaction to the governor’s outline for the coming fiscal year, along with additional reaction from Rep. Patti Bellock (R) Hinsdale, Asst. Senate Republican Leader Sen. Matt Murphy (R) Palatine, and Senate President John Cullerton (D) Chicago.

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Coverage of Illinois State of State Message 2012

Illinois Lawmakers live coverage of governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State message.

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Southern Illinois Lawmakers React to 2011 Fall Veto Session

Illinois lawmakers are home for the holidays after approving tax breaks to keep Chicago’s financial exchanges and Sears in the state while providing tax relief for the working poor. There was also agreement to save nearly 2,000 jobs at seven state facilities around Illinois, but no movement on a massive gambling expansion plan for the state’s casino and horse racing industries. Both decisions were reached during the Illinois General Assembly’s Fall 2011 Veto Session.

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