(SPRINGFIELD) With Governor Bruce Rauner set to deliver his budget address in Springfield today for the coming fiscal 2019 budget, many government financial officials say the annual speech will be just words. It’s the actions, or lack of them thereafter, that’s critical. Illinois’ current budget imposed over the Governor’s veto last summer appropriated $36 billion, and even with a $5 billion tax increase, which was also passed by lawmakers over the Governor’s veto, the budget is still out of balance. But that followed more than two years of no state budget at all. The budget address is at 12:00 noon today in the State Capitol.
(CHICAGO) A campaign worker for Illinois Democrats says it took party officials too long to respond after she reported sexual harassment by a male supervisor last year. Alaina Hampton addressed the media yesterday, a day after House Speaker Michael Madigan dismissed political consultant Kevin Quinn after an investigation found he sent inappropriate text messages. Although the behavior was reported over a year ago, Hampton says her harasser was protected as months passed without any follow up’s by Madigan’s staff or other officials. Some are calling for Madigan to step down as the nation’s longest-serving state House Speaker because of the incident.
(OLNEY) The Illinois Department of Revenue and Internal Revenue Service are again reminding taxpayers that filing tax returns electronically and requesting direct deposit into a checking or savings account is still the fastest and most secure way to receive a tax refund. For 2017 tax forms, tax schedules, and instructions, or if any questions on the state level, logon at www.tax.illinois.gov or for federal details, www.irs.gov.