Illinois General Assembly

As Illinois enters its 21st month without a real budget, several questions occupy observers of state government: Is the state Senate's "grand bargain" dead? If so, who killed it? Where do we go from here? And has anyone heard from the Illinois House of Representatives?

A tuition hike and layoffs will be considered Thursday night by trustees of Black Hawk College. Last month, college president Bettie Truitt announced the elimination of 17 jobs, saying that would help keep tuition at an affordable level.

Illinois Governor's Office

Following the governor's budget message on Wednesday, is there any hope for an end to the long state budget impasse in Illinois ?

Tony McCombie writes a note on her first bill.
Tony McCombie / submitted

Tony McCombie has introduced her first bill in the Illinois House.

If it passes, the measure would help small municipalities during the budget impasse.

Job Cuts at BHC

Jan 26, 2017

Due to falling state funding and falling enrollment, some jobs will be cut at Black Hawk College. Thursday it announced 17 full-time jobs will be eliminated, including 15 at the campus in Moline.

Property taxes for residents of the Black Hawk College district may go up next year. Thursday night the board of trustees will consider a staff recommendation to raise the tax rate by 4 1/4 per cent.

Even though it's not on the ballot, the real race this fall in Illinois is between two men - House Speaker Mike Madigan and Governor Bruce Rauner.

On Midwest Week, trying to understand how schools are funded in Illinois and why that might change sometime soon.

Herb Trix's guest is Dusty Rhodes, education reporter for Illinois Public Radio in Springfield.

You can also hear Midwest Week on WVIK Friday's at 6:20 pm during All Things Considered. 

At least one district in the Illinois Quad Cities will receive more state money for the coming school year than it expected. 

United Township Superintendent Jay Morrow says when the governor and General Assembly approved a new k-12 budget on June 30th, it included the 3 million dollars the district received last year, plus an additional 142,000 dollars. 

He says the extra money is tied to his district's "poverty count" - 60 per cent of UT students qualify for free or reduced price lunches. 

The new stop-gap budget for the state of Illinois includes some money for Black Hawk College, but less than expected. It'll receive 3.5 million dollars, thanks to last week's agreement between the governor and general assembly.

Chief Financial Officer, Steve Frommelt, says k-12 education received money to operate for a full-year, but the new budget covers only half a year for higher education in Illinois.