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YWCA of Alton Turns to Social Media to Raise Funds

The agency found its self in deep financial trouble after the United Way announced this week it will stop funding them.


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Illinois National Guard Furloughs to Affect 1,300

1,300 of its civilian employees will be taking 14 days of furloughs through the end of this fiscal year.


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Mo. Senate Panel to Take Up State Budget

The panel is also scheduled to consider the budget for the state Revenue Department, despite recent tensions surrounding the department.


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Lawmakers Pass $14M Increase In Student Fund

Fund is to reimburse school districts for extra cost associated with special needs students.


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Capitol Perspectives: Budget Wars

Before term limits, the budget was at the center of some of the greatest and most entertaining legislative battles that I have seen.


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Mo. House Passes $25B Budget Without Medicaid Plan

The 2014 budget plan would provide a roughly 2 percent increase for public K-12 schools, colleges and universities. But school funding would still fall $620 million short.


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Missouri Budget Chair Leaves Capitol for Ailing Mother

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones said that the mother of House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream has suffered a stroke.



Board Saves Cleveland NJROTC, Balances Budget

After a month spent hearing pleas from students and staff Superintendent Kelvin Adams dropped his recommendation to close Cleveland NJROTC High School after years of declining enrollment.


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Quinn’s Education Cuts Would Add To Schools’ Pain

Quinn’s spending plan calls for more than $400 million in cuts to elementary, secondary and higher education.


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Quinn: State Stalled Until Pensions Fixed

With a calm but scolding tone, the Democrat facing re-election in 20 months used tough language to describe the pension hole that will suck nearly $7 billion of the state’s general revenue in the coming year.





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