Illinois last state in nation to file official budget report
Illinois is the only state in America that has yet to release its audited financial report from fiscal year 2018 and state officials don’t yet know when it will be released.
The comptroller’s office said it is waiting on the Auditor General. The Auditor General’s office said it was not able to project any release dates.
Truth In Accounting Research Director Bill Bergman said lawmakers passed a new budget without knowing how they spent money from more than a year ago.
Pew report finds state spending continues to climb
In the past ten years since the end of the Great Recession, Pew Charitable Trusts says Illinois increased overall spending 11 percent, but its pension funding dropped from 54 percent funded in 2008 to 35 percent in 2016.
The report also says higher education spending per student increased 32 percent, the largest increase of any state reviewed.
But Pew says Illinois' spending on K-12 education was down 22 percent per student since 2008.
Former Posen village president guilty in embezzlement case
The former president of the village of Posen pleaded guilty to embezzling $27,000 from the village to spend at casinos.
The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois says Donald Schupek faces a maximum of ten years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.