Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

Rock Island County leaders are looking for ways to save money as they prepare next year's budget. 

Because of the pandemic, Moline is offering employees extra incentives to retire to help make up for declining revenue.

Thanks to action by the Illinois General Assembly over the weekend, a key part of the budget for Black Hawk College will probably stay the same next year. The proposed state budget includes state funding at the same level as this year. 

The recording of a closed door meeting held by the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees reveals board members repeatedly violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act (OMA).

Work begins Monday night on next year's budget for the Rock Island city council. City staff will present a proposed 117 million dollar spending plan.

Gov. Rauner's Budget Address, Annotated

Feb 16, 2017

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his third annual budget address to the General Assembly on Wednesday. Public broadcasting reporters across the state have annotated his speech.


The state of Illinois has gone 18 months without a budget.  And the stop gap spending plan is about to expire with no new deal in sight.

Image of the front page of the 2017 Rock Island County budget proposal
http://www.rockislandcounty.org / Rock Island County

Tomorrow and next week, Rock Island County residents will learn about the board's five-year budget proposal which includes a sales tax hike. At meetings tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday, county officials will also discuss a proposed, five-year capital improvement plan.

Black Hawk College Hosts Budget Forums

Jun 7, 2016
Black Hawk College's campus in Moline. Ill.
Black Hawk College / Submitted

Black Hawk College will host its annual community budget forums this week.

Before the Board of Trustees approves a budget on June 23, the college's President Bettie Truitt and Chief Financial Officer Steve Frommelt will present an overview and answer questions from the community.

Rauner Pushes For Stopgap Funding

Jun 2, 2016
Governor Bruce Rauner speaks at the East Moline Correctional Center.
Lacy Scarmana / WVIK

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visited the East Moline Correctional Center today to promote two bills. They'd provide funding for education and government operations — including the state's prisons — despite the lack of a state budget.

Rauner calls the spring legislative session a "stunning failure." The General Assembly adjourned on Tuesday without passing a budget for the second year in a row. Now the governor is touring the state, calling on residents to pressure Democratic lawmakers to pass two stopgap measures that would pay for schools and government services.