Illinois General Assembly

A significant share of this year's budget is now assured for the Moline schools. Last week's agreement between the governor and leaders of the Illinois General Assembly includes full-year funding for k-12 schools, for the fiscal year that began July 1st.

Chief Financial Officer, Dave McDermott, says the Moline district relies on the state for 23 per cent of its yearly budget. But the state appropriation is also important because it makes federal funding possible.

Rauner Visits QC

Jul 5, 2016

Last week's budget compromise between the governor and Illinois General Assembly "is a very important step in the right direction." That's according to Governor Bruce Rauner who stopped in Moline Tuesday to shake hands with local residents and talk about the partial year, stop-gap plan.

He says the state will spend much less than democrats wanted, and "that's a big deal." And the compromise doesn't just bail out Chicago schools.

As for revenue, Rauner says a tax increase is possible.

Jenna Dooley, WNIJ

Illinois has gone nearly one year without a state budget, and still, neither side seems willing to give in. 

This week on Midwest Week, Herb Trix's guest is Brian Mackey, statehouse reporter in Springfield for Illinois Public Radio. 

You can also hear Midwest Week on WVIK, Fridays at 6:20 pm, during All Things Considered. 

Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Hundreds of people from northwestern Illinois will travel to Springfield Tuesday to try to save the Cordova nuclear plant. Exelon has chartered buses to carry an estimated 500 employees, community leaders, and local residents to rally and lobby in the state capital.

The company has threatened to close the Quad Cities Generating Station, and a nuclear plant in Clinton, Illinois if the General Assembly fails to pass a bill with incentives for clean energy, including nuclear.Exelon says the two plants are not profitable.

QC Chamber of Commerce

Worried about the future of one of this area's largest employers, and taxpayers, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has started a social media campaign. It's set up a Facebook page for people to show their support for Exelon and the Cordova nuclear plant.

As Illinois college students wait for MAP grants, another local college is telling its students to rest easy. Yesterday, Monmouth College announced it will not hold students responsible for the lack of Monetary Assistance Program funding. 

Instead, the college plans to list any MAP grant charges to student accounts as "pending" for the rest of this school year. President Clarence Wyatt says that will continue during next school year if the program remains un-funded. 

WVIK Staff

Leaders of one local district are trying to build public support for a major change in how schools are funded in Illinois. 

East Moline superintendent Kristin Humphries says currently state aid is based solely on the number of students in a district, but that ignores the very different needs of different types of students.

Illinois is currently pro-rating state aid at 92 per cent of the current per-pupil level. And Humphries says that's costing the East Moline schools more than 400 dollars per student, or a total of 1.1 million dollars a year. 

WVIK Staff - file photo

Tourism promotion in the Quad Cities and across Illinois will resume early next year. This week, the governor signed a compromise funding bill from the General Assembly that will allow the state to start sending out grants to groups like the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.

President and ceo, Joe Taylor, says the bureau usually receives about 18,000 dollars a month from the state, or 220,000 dollars per year. But those payments stopped in July when the long, budget impasse began. 

IIl. Public Radio

Nearly four months and counting - that's how long it's been since Illinois' new fiscal year began and there's still no state budget.

On Midwest Week, Herb Trix's guest is Brian Mackey, statehouse reporter in Springfield for Illinois Public Radio.

You can also hear Midwest Week on WVIK Fridays at 6:50 pm during All Things Considered. 

jeff jacobs

One day after Pat Verschoore announced his retirement from the Illinois House, another democrat has stepped forward to take his place. Today Moline attorney Jeff Jacobs announced his candidacy for state representative from the 72nd District.

Verschoore, from Milan, has represented the district for 12 years, and will retire at the end of next year (2016).