DAY 0 – July 1, 2015
DAY 8 – July 9, 2015
Without a budget, Illinois now lacks the authority to keep checks flowing to the nonprofit groups that deliver services to the poor, elderly and disabled. Meanwhile, the groups also must brace for the possibility that an eventual budget deal might provide far less than what they need to keep afloat.
DAY 13 – July 14, 2015
As the budget wrangling goes on in Springfield, some of the first people to feel the pain are low-income families applying for subsidized child care. Under cost-cutting measures imposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration effective July 1, the state’s child care assistance program has been effectively closed to nearly all new enrollees.
DAY 35 – August 5, 2015
A series of funding cuts have been made by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in order to fill $420 million of the $4 billion gap in the state budget, proposed in June. Recent cuts have included a freeze on funding for bullying prevention grants and have resulted in 171 layoffs of union positions.
DAY 44 – August 14, 2015
State grants meant to help hundreds of thousands of Illinois college students in need, has been halted. Students who qualify for the Illinois Monetary Award Program, also known as the MAP grants, could be left with a bill if state legislators don’t reach a decision soon.
DAY 62 – September 1, 2015
The start of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, better known as LIHEAP, is being delayed at least a month this year due to the state budget impasse and a lack of adequate federal funds.
DAY 70 – September 9, 2015
Illinois has no state budget, but it does have more homeless people - and the two are connected according to a scathing report set for release on Thursday. As Springfield fiddles with a state budget two months after the last one expired, the number of homeless across the state has spiked, according to data the I-Team obtained Wednesday night. The report, authored by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, chides Gov. Bruce Rauner and state leaders for using children and families as bargaining chips in a political fight.
DAY 98 – October 7, 2015
Gov. Bruce Rauner restated his demand Wednesday that weakening the collective bargaining rights of public workers must be part of a deal to end the political stalemate that has kept Illinois without a budget since July 1.
DAY 111 – October 20, 2015
Illinois' credit standing took another hit on Monday as Fitch Ratings downgraded the state's rating for the first time on Governor Bruce Rauner's watch, citing the deterioration of state finances during a four-month budget impasse.
DAY 123 – November 1, 2015
The state of Illinois is more than $181 million behind in monthly distribution of motor fuel tax revenue to municipal, county and township governments as a result of the ongoing budget deadlock.
DAY 140 – November 18, 2015
Domestic violence shelters in Illinois have spent the past months dipping into savings and cutting back staff. At least one has closed its doors to women and children. With the legislature unlikely to pass a budget anytime soon, service providers are looking to an uncertain future.
DAY 166 – December 14, 2015
Lawmakers from the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus say the state’s budget stalemate is having a big impact on the black population as youths miss out on financial aid for colleges and after-school programs. The group called at a Monday news conference for an end to the standoff between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders so those programs can continue.
DAY 195 – January 12, 2016
The top Republican in the Illinois Senate says "it's possible" the standoff over a state budget could last for several years if Democrats aren't willing to compromise. Sen. Christine Radogno spoke Monday before the City Club of Chicago.
DAY 201 – January 18, 2016
The budget impasse in Illinois is beginning to depress enrollments at the state’s colleges and universities, as state money earmarked for low-income students remains tied up in a political stalemate that shows no signs of easing.
DAY 223 – February 9, 2016
The state budget stalemate has caused social service agencies that rely on taxpayer money to care for low-income, the needy and senior populations to cutback services, and in some instances, close down completely. Monsignor Michael Boland, the head of Catholic Charities, the state's largest social service agency, now says that organization is in crisis mode and care for hundreds of thousands of people is in jeopardy without a budget agreement.
DAY 240 – February 26, 2016
With state funding cut off due to the ongoing budget impasse, Chicago State University has announced all 900 employees, including the university president, are receiving layoff notices.
DAY 273 – March 30, 2016
Following this week's $30 billion budget deal in Pennsylvania, Illinois became the last state without a tax and spending plan for the fiscal year that began last July. While most states are busy planning next year's budget, Illinois now holds the dubious record for the longest budgetary foot-dragging in recent memory, according the National Conference of State Legislatures.
DAY 297 – April 23, 2016
Illinois' budget impasse, which now is in its 10th month, is weaving its way into the Quad-Cities in myriad ways. Businesses and municipalities aren't getting paid. School superintendents are worried about being able to open on time this fall. Colleges have cut expenses. Some have announced layoffs.
DAY 305 – May 1, 2016
An Illinois utility has rejected a local park district’s offer to cover the unpaid electric bills at a state park that was recently closed under the ongoing budget impasse.
DAY 330 – May 26, 2016
Since Rauner came into office, unemployment has gone up in Illinois while it’s continued to drop nationally. The lack of a budget – which is the defining feature of Rauner’s governorship – is certainly a factor, Manzo said.
DAY 335 – May 31, 2016
Illinois has limped through fiscal 2016 as the only U.S. state without a complete budget, operating under court-ordered spending, and continuing and stopgap appropriations. The governor last year vetoed all but a school funding bill in the Democrats' budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.
DAY 344 – June 9, 2016
In the midst of the state’s ongoing budget impasse, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Illinois’ credit rating to two steps above the “junk” level Wednesday. The credit rating service downgraded Illinois’ general obligation rating from Baa1 to Baa2, affecting roughly $26 billion in debt. The service also downgraded the rating of bonds connected to the state’s general obligation credit.
DAY 361 – June 26, 2016
Some $2 billion in road construction projects will be shut down July 1 in Illinois without a state budget agreement.
DAY 365 – June 30, 2016
District 80's summer food program for youth may have to shut down in July because of the lack of a state education budget for the new fiscal year. This is one of many challenges being faced by area schools due to the ongoing budget crisis in Illinois. There has been talk of a temporary state budget on the horizon to fund vital services but debates rage on about the spending plan for K-12 schools heading into fiscal year 2017 which starts Friday.
DAY 380 – July 15, 2016
A survey conducted by CBHA in mid-June revealed that more than three quarters of the organization's 65 member agencies have had to both lay off staff and cut back on the services they offer. One clinic, Delta Center, based in Cairo, Illinois, had to shut down altogether, Lindsey says.
DAY 401 – August 5, 2016
The representative, whose district includes a portion of the Northwest Side, said he needs the cash to support his family as the state budget mess drags out and regular paychecks to legislators have been sporadic at best. That means driving up to 50 hours or so a week to make sure his mortgage and bills are paid and there's food on the table for his 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.
DAY 410 – August 14, 2016
An account that experts say should have $1.5 to $3 billion to help weather an economic downturn was down to about $180 million as of Friday. In a matter of weeks, the balance in what is supposed to be a savings account will be zero.
DAY 433 – September 6, 2016
Springfield's fiscal mess continues to rack up victims: small-business development centers on college campuses around the state, which are shutting their doors or retrenching because of funding shortfalls. About a quarter have closed, the latest at Governors State University in south suburban University Park, which is going the way of abandoned locations at Joliet Junior College, Illinois State University in Normal and Waubonsee Community College in Aurora.
DAY 445 – September 18, 2016
In the last year and a half, with Illinois’ budget fight in full swing, funding pinched off even more, Monetary Award Program grants to low-income students going unfunded, those problems have been even more exacerbated.
DAY 469 – October 12, 2016
Only about a third of Illinois voters say the state’s yearlong budget impasse has had a direct impact on their families, according to the latest poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. The budget battle between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic leaders of the General Assembly was put on hold in July with the passage of a stopgap spending plan that funds state operations past the Nov. 8 election and through December, but not before social service programs cut staff or shut down altogether or before state universities laid off hundreds of workers.
DAY 491 – November 3, 2016
Illinois universities are reeling after a political standoff that left them without any state money for nearly 10 months. That predicament put one campus, Chicago State University, on the brink of closing; its undergraduate enrollment has dropped by 32 percent over the last year. Western Illinois University is phasing out several majors: African-American studies, women’s studies, religious studies and philosophy. For now, program cuts aren’t planned at the University of Illinois’s flagship campus, said Edward Feser, the interim provost.
DAY 504 – November 16, 2016
Illinois' pile of unpaid bills could surpass $13 billion and its budget deficit could grow beyond $5 billion in fiscal 2017 without changes Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has said will spur economic growth, his administration warned on Wednesday. The new forecasts, which one top Democrat described as “daunting,” surfaced during a meeting between Rauner and legislative leaders over a new, half-year budget plan to replace state spending authority that lapses at year’s end.
DAY 517 – November 29, 2016
A program that helps the youngest of trauma victims and their families could become another casualty of Illinois’ budget crisis.
DAY 530 – December 12, 2016
Illinois' economy will suffer for years because of the ongoing budget stalemate. That's according to a man who was once responsible for leading Illinois -- former Governor Jim Edgar. "The damage is ... the worst damage I've seen. I mean even the bad years of Blagojevich and the image he gave of Illinois, I don't think has done anything as much damage as we've seen."
DAY 540 – December 22, 2016
With the January legislative session looming, many Illinois residents worry their lawmakers are no closer to passing a budget. The impact of this historic budget impasse has been devastating. A vital program for many, Meals on Wheels, is struggling to survive in Alton.
DAY 549 – December 31, 2016
Illinoisans can be forgiven for having a sense of déjà vu. The six-month spending plan passed by the General Assembly at the end of June expired at midnight Saturday.
DAY 555 – January 6, 2017
For state agencies providing services to some of Illinois most vulnerable residents, the state’s perilous finances have been particularly painful. […] Though hopeful, Ayala-Bermejo says she needs to “see it to believe it,” especially after the state’s stopgap budget failed to deliver $18 million in funding for domestic violence services to state agencies, including MFS.
DAY 572 – January 23, 2017
Since the Illinois temporary spending plan ended in December, even more services are disappearing. One of them is state aid to provide funerals for families that can’t afford them.
DAY 590 – February 10, 2017
A new report says Illinois’ financial situation is so bad that the state would have to slash spending by more than 26 percent to balance next year’s budget through cuts alone.
DAY 598 – February 18, 2017
The fight over Illinois' state budget has been directly felt by more than 1 million residents, from people with disabilities to seniors and college students. It also has exacerbated the state's already pathetic financial situation. Here's a look at some of the damage caused by the nearly two-year disagreement between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the Legislature:
DAY 611 – March 3, 2017
Chance the Rapper met with Governor Rauner at the Thompson Center Friday morning. […] Chance seemed disappointed after the meeting. "He gave me a lot of vague answers, so we'll see what happens," said Chance. "He has my personal number."
DAY 629 – March 21, 2017
Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has told 124 Illinois prison nurses that their jobs are being privatized, a move their union blasted Tuesday as retaliation for its rejection of a contract offer last year.
DAY 645 – April 6, 2017
Northeastern Illinois University will cancel three days of classes because of what the interim president calls a "state of emergency." […]It's all because of the failure of lawmakers and Governor Bruce Rauner to pass a state budget. The school has also laid-off employees and cut jobs to make up for inadequate state funding. NEIU also closed last month, during spring break, when the university implemented a week-long furlough program affecting 1,100 employees and 10,000 students.
DAY 656 – April 17, 2017
It's the sound of dissent from union members without a contract, agencies without funding and educators facing cuts. "We want a governor who creates jobs, not destroys jobs," said Dino Leone, Quad City Federation of Labor president, on Monday, April 17. Speeches call attention to a union, agencies and schools that are hurting without an Illinois budget.
DAY 660 – April 21, 2017
Illinois' continued state budget problems have prompted S&P Global Ratings to downgrade the credit worthiness of six state universities and the City Colleges of Chicago. […]S&P downgraded the state-flagship University of Illinois to "A'' from "A-plus." It said it was keeping the rating three notches above the general state rate of "BBB." Other schools affected are Eastern Illinois University, Northeastern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Governors State University and Western Illinois University. Illinois State University retained an "A'' rating.
DAY 671 – May 2, 2017
Right now, Illinois owes a whopping $2.5 billion in medical bills to the state's hospitals and managed care providers that help fund locally based clinics, mental health groups and home care providers, according to the state comptroller's office. In addition, Illinois is liable for a projected $4.6 billion in group medical insurance claims for state workers, retirees and their dependents, state data show.
DAY 687 – May 18, 2017
Warning of a looming "catastrophe," a key Chicago business group today effectively sided against Gov. Bruce Rauner in the state's bitter budget war. In an extensive report, the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club, which represents the region's largest employers, threw its backing behind efforts to pass a budget that includes considerably more new revenues than spending cuts, and which downplays Rauner's demand for "structural changes" such as a property tax freeze and workers' compensation reforms in exchange for any tax hike.
DAY 695 – May 26, 2017
Time is running out for Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois lawmakers. If they don't come up with a budget by next Wednesday, the state will enter its third year in a row without one. The governor's pitch was moved to Andi and Ken Borucke's back yard to avoid any interruption by "Tick Tock the Budget Clock," a character sent by the J.B. Pritzker campaign with a May 31 deadline to come up with a budget for the first time since Rauner took office, Democrats accuse him of avoiding Springfield.