Illinois General Assembly

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.

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
WVIK News

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.

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