Immediate budget concerns for prisons and daycare programs have made headlines in recent weeks, but Illinois could soon also run out of money for the state’s court reporters. Gov. Rauner’s Administration says the state program faces more than a $14 million budget gap and that funds will run out by the end of March. Rauner’s Administration is working with lawmakers to identify a solution to the revenue shortfalls.
Many state programs are running short of money prematurely, due to the Democrat leaders passing a budget that failed to account for the January 2015 phase-out of their 2011 tax hike. This was exacerbated by former Gov. Quinn, who failed to scale back spending during the first half of the budget year. Now, Gov. Rauner and the Legislature are tasked with addressing the budget problems aggravated by former Gov. Quinn’s lack of spending control.