The Illinois State Budget

CHICAGO (WIFR) -- Lawmakers have a little more than two weeks left in the spring legislative session to come up with a plan to fix the state's bankrupt Medicaid and pension systems.

During a speech today at the City Club of Chicago, Governor Quinn said the two programs

Take a nearly 40 percent bite out of the state budget and put "a serious squeeze" on funding for education and public safety. The democratic governor told a group of business leaders they need to pressure lawmakers to get the job done.

Quinn said, "Democracy is not a spectator sport, we have to get involved. We can not just say that this is the mission of legislators alone, they need guidance. They need people from back home to tell them how important this is to our economy."

Meantime, a top adviser to Governor Quinn says it is unlikely lawmakers will be able to pass health insurance exchange during the current session the bill would all Illinois to set up a website where people could shop for insurance.

Because of federal deadlines, the governor has two choices: call lawmakers back into special session or issue an executive order. The exchange is a key part of President Obama's Health Care Law.

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  • by Jeremy Location: New York, NY on May 15, 2012 at 09:19 AM
    Exchange planning is underway in several states. What kinds of real-world questions are states considering?
  • by Douglas Location: Northern IL on May 15, 2012 at 04:29 AM
    I'm willing to bet that the budget WILL NOT be done in 2 weeks. The overtime session will cost us TAXPAYERS over $55,000 a day until they get it done. As you read the article and listened to the Governor on the news you see and hear him again going after education. Don't tell us how important education is one and then do a flip-flop the nest. When will our lawmakers start making cuts in thier staffs, salaries, benefits, perks, and yes above all STOP THE OVERTIME SESSION ON OUR DIME, because they can't seem to get it done any other way.
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