Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois legislative leaders announced Wednesday afternoon they had a deal on a roughly $50 billion state budget that they planned to quickly bring to the Senate floor, but the chamber adjourned about seven hours later without voting on the measure.
Topping $50 billion, Illinois Democrats say they have reached a budget agreement. The proposed fiscal 2024 budget is similar to what Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveiled earlier this year. It includes $700 million for K-12 and early childhood education, and an additional $100 million so those under the median income can go to community college tuition free but at taxpayer expense.
Lawmakers in Springfield have approved a measure requiring the Illinois State Board of Education to create a literacy plan for public school students that changes how reading is taught and helps increase the number of students who come to master it.
Far Northwest Side neighbors bitterly shouted down city officials and each other during a divisivemeeting Tuesday on a plan to house hundreds of migrants at Wilbur Wright College. It was the latest conflict into how to absorb the influx of migrants that has left hundreds sleeping in police stations.
Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson won passage of the compromise he forged, shrinking the number of committees from 28 to 20 and replacing Finance Committee Chairman Scott Waguespack (32nd) with Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), whose decision to abandon Mayor Lori Lightfoot and endorse Johnson was a turning point in Johnson’s winning campaign. The vote was 41-9.
DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek has come under fire for unpaid bills totaling $180,520. The 11 unpaid bills range from $16 to $87,055. While most date back to March or April, a $16 invoice from Alphagraphics is from September.