For the very latest FY17 and FY18 budget news, check out our Happening Now page.
4/6/2017: The House passed a bill that will partially fund human services and higher education. To read the details of this, click here. The bill moves to the Senate.
FY18 Budget Updates
FY18 Budget Address
FY18 Budget Briefing Presentations
The FY18 Budget briefing presentations given by the directors of DHS, DHFS, DoA, DPH, and DCFS have been posted as one doucment, and can be accessed through this link.
02/2017: Both parties in the General Assembly, as well as Governor Rauner, are currently discussing measures for a “Grand Bargain” to work on a budget. Any immediate updates regarding the budget conversation can be found on the Happening Now page.
11/15/2016: The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget published its annual economic and fiscal policy report outlining the long-term economic and fiscal policy objectives of the state. You can read the report here and also look at the five-year projections here.
6/30/2016: The Illinois General Assembly passed SB 2047, a stopgap budget for the next six months. The budget provides only 65% funding for human services delivered in FY16 and the first half of FY17.
5/23/2016: The budget war’s hidden $4.5 billion problem. Greg Hinz, Crain’s Chicago Business writes: “As Springfield nears the end of another budget season-without a budget-in which social-service groups again are likely to get the shaft. A coalition of such groups is releasing a solid analysis of what’s at stake economically-and not just statewide, but in the district of every member of the General Assembly.” Click here to read the full article.
5/23/2016: Letter to the Editor. Illinois Partners recently submitted an op-ed stressing the dire need to keep the focus on finding a real fiscal solution. Emergency funding is simply not a substitute for a budget that fully funds human services. Click here to read the full letter.
5/18/2016: Budget Meeting. Governor Rauner, Speaker Madigan, and other legislative leaders held a closed-door meeting in Springfield to try to find some common ground on the FY16 budget. The stakes are high: if an agreement is not reached by May 31st, then any budget proposal will need a 3/5 majority rather than a simple majority to pass.
5/17/2016: SB 2038 Passes House and Senate. Last week, a stop-gap measure (SB 2038) for human services passed almost unanimously in both the state House and Senate. This bill would provide over $700 million in “emergency funding” to human service providers with signed contracts who have not been paid for services rendered in FY16. It now sits on Governor Rauner’s desk.
The bill has elicited a mixed reaction from providers. While the funding is sorely needed, providers have made it clear that this short-term financial influx is not a substitute for a real budget solution that fully invests in human services.
FY17 Budget Address
Governor Bruce Rauner gave his FY17 Budget Address to members of the General Assembly February 17, 2016.
Click here to read the Proposed FY17 State Budget.
Click here to read the Governor’s three-year budget projection.
FY17 Budget Briefing Presentations
Below are the FY17 Budget briefing presentations given by the directors of DHS, DHFS, DoA, DPH, and DCFS:
Illinois Economic and Fiscal Policy Report
Click Here to see the Governor’s Office of Management and Budgets’ Illinois Economic and Fiscal Policy Report released yesterday as well. GOMB is required, pursuant to 20 ILCS 3005/7.3 et seq., to annually submit an Economic and Fiscal Policy Report to the General Assembly outlining the long-term economic and fiscal policy objectives of the state, the economic and fiscal policy intentions for the upcoming fiscal year and the subsequent two fiscal years.
“The Budget Crisis”
The Budget Crisis, a video put together by one of the volunteers at Howard Area Community Center. See how budget changes are affecting organizations.
Press Conference on the Budget Impasse
August 4th joint press conference held by 21 organizations/coalitions in Springfield on the impact of the impasse. Click Here to Watch
Kudos to Al Riddley for the two best quotes:
Service providers are being taken on a “slow death march” and “perhaps it’s time to change our state motto from ‘Land of Lincoln’ to ‘We Don’t Care?'”
The Civic Federation Has Issued The State of Illinois FY17 Budget Roadmap
Click here to view the FY17 report
Click Here to view the FY16 report
Click Here to view the FY15 report
Click Here to view the FY14 report