Illinois Reporter

Stories from intrepid reporters attending the Illinois Press Foundation Journalism Workshop at Eastern Illinois University

The End of Fiscal Year is Near

New year resolutions come on Jan 1, but on July 1, Illinois General Assembly gets a little more. New bills, laws, and many many arguments. July 1 is the beginning of the fiscal year and end on June 30th so much like a regular year, they have to craft a budget for the next 365 days, when Illinois didn’t have a budget for the previous year.

Governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratic party have been butting heads since the budget issue and as July 1 approaches stakes are high and nerves are scattered. Trying to iron out a budget that begins to cover education and social services which is affecting hundreds of Illinoisans everyday.

John Patterson, a spokesman for Senate President John Cullerton said Rauner wants to implement a temporary budget.

“Governor (Rauner) wants a stop-gap budget,” Patterson said “it will spell relief for your schools”

Even though this budget is in mind Rauner and Democrats are still worlds apart on agreeing on a permanent budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

Patterson said “Illinois is the first state in the United States without a budget for a year.” Due to Republicans and Democrats not being able to agree, negative precedent has damaged Illinoisans applying for in state Universities.

Not having a budget has diminished the opportunity of adults from a low socio economic background to attend Universities or even college in general in the state. Although the stop-gap budget isn’t ideal it decreases some of the fears of not being able to go to school.IMG_0286

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