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by Angela Caputo
2:10pm
Fri Feb 19, 2010

"In Their Own Words"

Anyone under the impression that lawmakers can further delay addressing the state's budget crisis ought to check out the Illinois Education Association's (IEA) "In Their Own Words" video montage. IEA was on the ground at the Responsible Budget Coalition's statehouse rally on Wednesday and captured the stories of single mothers, the disabled, and those serving the homeless -- all of whom are in limbo as they wait on lawmakers to adopt a sustainable budget that will preserve human service programs. Watch it here.

PI Original
by Adam Doster
3:49pm
Thu Feb 18, 2010

Are We At The Breaking Point?

Before lawmakers can tackle the task of building a fair and sustainable budget for 2011, they'll have to face up to the fact that the state's financial situation has become so unwieldy that institutions and agencies are on the brink of shuting down. 

PI Original
by Angela Caputo
12:40pm
Thu Feb 18, 2010

The School Reform Debate Heats Up

In recent years, Illinois lawmakers have failed to reform and adequately fund Illinois' schools.  Now fed up education activists are pressuring for that to change -- but in a variety of ways.

Quick Hit
by Josh Kalven
9:54am
Thu Feb 18, 2010

The Tribune's Vague Prescription

In an editorial this morning, the Tribune blasts state lawmakers -- rightfully -- for their closed-door budget briefing from the National Council of State Legislatures yesterday, concluding that the lawmakers would "rather hide behind closed doors than publicly admit to what a dreadful mess they've made of state finances."  But the editorial board goes on to write the following about the budget crisis:

What are the prospects that these pols will — out of public view — divine fixes that are fair to people who rely on state services, fair to health and other providers that deliver those services, and fair to taxpayers who bear the burden for it all?

We appreciate the Tribune's call for transparent action from the General Assembly.  But what specific "fixes" do they propose?  And what is their definition of "fair"?  Without more detail, these editorials are meaningless