ILLINOIS -- Ameren is trying to get back some of the money it's owed.
Latest: 10:03 pm, 3/4/14, Tuesday DANVILLE -- Firefighters' jobs are safe, but it looks like you'll have to pay to have them come to your home.
ILLINOIS -- State leaders say they're doing a better job of paying the state's bills.
SPRINGFIELD -- A new audit finds more than $20 million in state tax may have been misused.
Latest: 10:01 pm CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign Public Library didn't get the money it wanted from the city.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers say figuring out next year's budget is going to be their biggest challenge this spring.
ILLINOIS -- One of the state's top leaders says our budget is a ticking time bomb, and unless everyone comes to the table in the next few weeks, there could be some problems.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers say they'll get to work on the state budget without an idea from the governor.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- When it comes to plowing and treating roads, area counties have been working around-the-clock to keep them clear and free.
SPRINGFIELD -- The annual budget address has been rescheduled.
Update: 6:04 pm ILLINOIS -- Governor Quinn delivered his annual State of the State address Wednesday morning and talked a lot about education.
ILLINOIS -- The Illinois State Board of Education followed through on its plan to ask for more state funding.
ILLINOIS -- If you thought Illinois' financial woes would improve after pension reform passed, think again.
PARIS -- With all the snow so far this winter, cities are burning through their budgets quicker than usual.
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DECATUR -- Jobs may be leaving the city, but other improvements are coming to town.
SPRINGFIELD -- UI officials are keeping a close watch on budget talks in Washington, D.C.
SPRINGFIELD -- More information is coming out about reimbursements for DNR administrators.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lincoln's Tomb is getting a facelift, thanks to a capital investment.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- School leaders are getting ready to talk tuition.
CHAMPAIGN -- Food pantries may have to pick up the slack after government cutbacks.
SPRINGFIELD -- New numbers on the state Capitol renovations have been released.
SPRINGFIELD -- Problems with pension continue to have a choke-hold on the state's budget.
ILLINOIS -- A plan to save money feeding the state's prisoners isn't saving as much as state leaders hoped.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- County residents are getting a first look at next year's budget.
SPRINGFIELD -- Angered by Governor Pat Quinn's move to strip lawmakers of their pay, a state representative has filed a bill to cut the governor's office budget.
DANVILLE -- The Danville School Board may ask taxpayers to chip in a little more for the next school year.
SPRINGFIELD -- Schools around the state are again preparing for less state funding.
SPRINGFIELD -- The country could be just days away from a federal government shutdown.
URBANA -- The city will use taxpayer money to help shore up its budget.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The UI Board of Trustees approved a $5.6-billion budget for Fiscal 2014.
CHAMPAIGN -- Hikes in tuition are paying off for the University of Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state's special pension committee is starting to get back numbers on how much different reform plans could save the state.
ILLINOIS -- Various agencies and businesses in the state are owed $5 billion in backlogged payments.
CHAMPAIGN -- State schools are going to be short on state funds this year.
SPRINGFIELD -- The State Fair is a yearly tradition for a lot of families, but some have been forced to stay home because of tight budgets.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state has been ordered to cancel its contract with a consulting company by the end of the year.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois leaders are probably watching the Motor City right now.
URBANA -- The University of Illinois is expected to ask for more money from the state in 2015.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois could be in better financial shape thanks to unanticipated revenue that came in April 2013. But that surge of extra income could be short-lived.
DECATUR -- The library is facing some big budget cuts.
SPRINGFIELD -- Now that lawmakers are done for the summer, it's up to Governor Quinn to finalize the state's budget.
SPRINGFIELD -- We're starting to get a picture of what next year's state budget might look like.
SPRINGFIELD -- The pressure's on for lawmakers to pass pension reform.
URBANA -- The Champaign County Courthouse is getting some work done, but it comes at a price.
URBANA -- City leaders are trying to tackle the upcoming budget.
SPRINGFIELD -- A watchdog group gives Governor Quinn's proposed state budget a stamp of approval.
SPRINGFIELD -- Over the past week, the major focus at the Capitol has been pension reform.
CHAMPAIGN -- People at the library hope a new budget comes with new hope.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers have about a month left before they have to have a final budget in place, but many critics question how long it takes and where the money goes.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are gearing up for the last few weeks of spring session and that means hammering out deals for several big ticket issues.
GIRARD -- For years, lawmakers and state leaders have kept early childhood education funding level, while cutting funding for other programs.
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Quinn is getting some heat for his plan to help pay off Illinois' old bills.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois is starting to feel the consequences of pushing off pension reform.
DECATUR -- The city council meets Monday night to discuss the city's budget.
SPRINGFIELD -- Every year, lawmakers have to set a new state budget, but the last few have buried the state in debt.
SPRINGFIELD -- The governor's budget plan aims to chip away at the state's mountain of debt.
SPRINGFIELD -- Next year's state budget aims to reign in spending to help pay off old bills.
SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands of seniors around the state rely on a program to help them live on their own instead of in nursing homes.
SPRINGFIELD -- Cities around the state could lose out on millions of dollars if Governor Quinn gets his way with next year's budget.
CHARLESTON -- EIU will have fewer people on its payroll next year.
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Quinn is proposing a new plan to chip away at the state's mountain of unpaid bills.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state has had a stack of IOU's for years.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers have been quick to react to the governor's proposed budget, and just as fast when it comes to laying blame.
SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers will have to do some hard things to avoid a nasty state budget next year according to the governor.
CHAMPAIGN -- Tuesday's budget address wasn't all bad news.
SPRINGFIELD -- Wednesday at noon, Governor Quinn will give his annual budget address, where he'll paint a picture of the state's finances.
CHAMPAIGN -- The city is gearing up for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.
SPRINGFIELD -- Time has run out for lawmakers in Washington to reach a budget deal.
SPRINGFIELD -- Every day lawmakers don't reach a deal, it costs taxpayers millions of dollars.
SPRINGFIELD -- Last year the state cut more than $1.5 billion from its Medicare program, but a new report shows the actual savings are a lot less.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Parents of Prairieview-Ogden students saved one of their teachers from being let go.
URBANA -- Every year, the city puts thousands of dollars toward helping local non-profits.
SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands of people in Illinois rely on unemployment checks when times are tough.
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois National Guard is keeping a close eye on congress as it works to stop automatic budget cuts.
Update: 10:15 pm, 2/13/13, Wednesday
NEOGA -- Parents in Cumberland County learned more about cuts coming to their school district.
SPRINGFIELD -- President Obama is preparing for the State of the Union address.
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Quinn recently signed a law calling for a lot of new spending, and critics say it's the last thing the state should be doing right now.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state could see more transportation projects this spring thanks to a bill passed by a House committee Monday.
SPRINGFIELD -- In just two days, Governor Quinn will give one of his biggest speeches of the year.
Update: 10:08 pm, 2/4/13, Monday
SPRINGFIELD -- A report of no permanent staff on site at Walnut Point State Park in Douglas County is seemingly, not unique.
SPRINGFIELD -- Some politicians may be heading back to class.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state's labor unions are trying to set up a meeting with state leaders to fix pensions, but one of our top lawmakers says he's not going.
URBANA -- Your power bill isn't the only place you might see a spike.
SPRINGFIELD -- Nearly half of all students in Illinois come from low-income families.
SPRINGFIELD -- Even though the state is struggling financially, the State Board of Education is asking for more money.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state's financial troubles are going from bad to worse.
SPRINGFIELD -- Some towns in Illinois are getting money to help keep their histories alive.
SPRINGFIELD -- The State Board of Education is determining its budget for next year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Wednesday, all U.S. Representatives in the state of Illinois, with the exception of three Democrats, voted to pass a bill withholding paychecks for members of Congress until a spending plan is approved.
SPRINGFIELD -- State leaders warn funding for some programs is drying up.
SPRINGFIELD -- A new deal to fix our state's pension system is getting a lot of attention from state leaders, but some worry it could be doomed from the start.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state could be on its way to a financial fix.
SPRINGFIELD -- Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is having a little fun with the Powerball Jackpot.
SPRINGFIELD -- Debt continues to be a hot topic at the Capitol.
SPRINGFIELD -- Some of the state's top lawmakers are pushing for a bill to make corporations say how much they pay in income taxes.
SPRINGFIELD -- It's well-known the state is struggling to pay its bills.
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Quinn is rehashing an idea to take care of the state's unpaid bills.
URBANA -- Boneyard Creek has been years in the making.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Many people around the state will now pay less for their electric bills in the next few months.