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Gov. Rauner Responds to State Dems' Proposed Budget

Lee Edwards | 6/10/2015, 4:19 p.m.

The Ill. House of Representatives Democrats proposed a $36 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 (FY2016) in May in response to Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround” budget released in Feb. that included deep cuts to social services.

In response to the Democrat’s proposed budget, Lance Trover, a spokesman for the Rauner Administration released a statement saying, “[Ill.] House Speaker [Mike] Madigan [Dist. – 22], [Ill. Senate] President Cullerton [Dist.-6] and the politicians they control refuse to act responsibly and reform state government. It is time they come to the table with Governor Rauner to turnaround Illinois.”

Illinois Senate Democrat spokeswoman responded by saying, “The plan passed by the General Assembly is a statement of our priorities to provide vital services and invest in the middle class. If the governor shares that goal, then he is invited to work with us to develop a full plan to fund our shared priorities in education, public safety and community services. Unfortunately, today’s actions signal that the governor would rather slash child care, services for troubled youth and senior care rather than work on a bipartisan budget solution.”

Following are state departments and programs that will be affected if a new budget agreement is not reached before the July 1 deadline. The Illinois General Assembly adjourned its spring session on May 31.

Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Effective Immediately

• Immediate suspension of all future incentive offers to companies for business attraction and retention.

• This includes EDGE Tax Credits, Large Business Attraction Grants, Employer Training Investment Program Incentive Grants and Prime Sites Grants.

• Will defer application approvals for film tax credits and High Impact Business designations.

• All commitments previously made in any of these programs will be honored.

Action Initiated

• Prepare and provide notice for the July 1 suspension of the State Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (SLIHEAP).

• The federal portion of the program, funded at about $170 million, will continue.

Department of Transportation

Effective Immediately

• In light of the state's current fiscal crisis and a lack of sufficient capital resources, the Illiana Expressway will not move forward at this time. As a result, the Illinois Department of Transportation will remove the project from its current multi-year plan. It is the determination of IDOT that the project costs exceed currently available resources. The Department will begin the process of suspending all existing project contracts and procurements.

Action Initiated

• Beginning July 1, the Department will “ground” all state plane passenger service. Planes will be maintained and available for emergency services.

Department of Juvenile Justice

Action Initiated

• Begin the process of identifying one or two juvenile correctional facilities for closure.

• Juvenile system has a surplus of capacity.

• Capacity at approximately 1,200 beds, with less than 700 occupied.

Department of Corrections

Action Initiated

• Begin the process of closing the Hardin County Work Camp.

• Approximately 180 inmates will be moved.

• Approximately 60 Work Camp staff affected.

Department of Healthcare and Family Services