A technical error in how the Illinois budget was written will soon leave courts across the state with a skeleton crew of court reporters, and that could jeopardize criminal cases.
Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday largely approved a 2015 state budget he has criticized as “incomplete” for not extending a temporary income tax increase.
State budget woes prevent roof replacement at this time.
Quinn says he wants a budget that properly funds Illinois schools, as Democratic leaders continue their push to extend a temporary income tax increase.
Illinois governor asking state lawmakers to make a temporary income tax hike permanent
Some Democrats want an income tax hike extended, but many Republicans oppose it.
It concluded Illinois’ finances are in such bad shape it will take a multipronged approach to fix it.
State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says the state still has a backlog of bills worth $8 billion.
Governor Quinn cut $57-milliond from the Department of Corrections and facilities for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill.
Todd Maisch of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce says lawmakers can’t continue to avoid making tough decisions.