More preparation for IL budget deficit

Gov. Rauner announces additional cuts if no budget agreement

ILLINOIS (KFVS) - To prepare for the possibility of not having a budget on July 1, or a budget with a $4 billion hole, the Rauner administration is initiating its second round of steps to manage the state's finances.

Two weeks before, House Speaker Mike Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and their caucuses passed a budget with a $4 billion hole. The initial steps to prepare were announced then also.

Some of the steps proposed by Gov. Rauner include:


Action initiated

  • Notify all state of Illinois vendors to prepare for the potential of a longer delay in receiving payments for goods and services provided to the state.

Effective July 1

  • Suspend capitol projects, including construction at state facilities, schools and colleges
  • Suspend all capital grants for legislators' earmarks and non-bonded or "pay as you go" capital projects
  • This freeze does not include road and other Department of Transportation projects
  • Significantly reduce use of outside legal counsel by eliminating and/or reducing legal contracts

Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Action Initiated

  • Reinstate timely re-determinations of Medicaid eligibility
  • Roll back rates for ambulance services and renal care services at SMART-Act levels
  • Reduce managed care capitation rates
  • Discontinue special Medicaid payments to some hospitals
  • Increase eligibility threshold (Determination of Need Score) to a level more consistent with national eligibility levels
  • Achieve cost savings using new procurement strategy for purchasing durable medical equipment

Department of Natural Resources

Effective Sept. 1

  • Suspend operations at the World Shooting Recreational Complex (WSRC) near Sparta. The site will become closed to the public and not available for events. All events scheduled through August 2014, including the Grand American, will not be impacted by this action

Department of Agriculture

Effective July 1

  • Suspend funding to county fairs for premiums and fairground rehabilitation projects
  • Suspend funding for agricultural extension and 4-H clubs for premiums at agricultural shows
  • Suspend funding for premiums for Agricultural Education Fairs
  • Suspend funding for the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service
  • Suspend funding for the Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

Effective July 1

  • Suspend funding to Choose Chicago for tourism promotion

Department of State Police

Effective July 1

  • Suspend FY16 initiative to purchase new forensic equipment

Office of State Fire Marshal

Effective July 1

  • Suspend funding for the Chicago Fire Department training program
  • Suspend reimbursements for fire department training to other local governments
  • Suspend funding for small fire fighting and ambulance equipment grants

Criminal Justice Information Authority

Effective July 1

  • Suspend the following legislative earmarks: YouthBuild grants, Bullying Prevention grants, Franklin Co. Methamphetamine Pilot Program and South Suburban Major Crimes Taskforce
  • Suspend statewide funding for Operation CeaseFire
  • Suspend funding for Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention grants

Department of Human Services

Effective July 1

  • Suspend funding for Community Services for juvenile delinquency program serving youth and young adults administered by the Chicago Area Project
  • Suspend funding for Immigrant Integration Services. Access to the Department's programs will continue through local offices
  • Suspend funding for Welcoming Centers. Access to the Department's programs will continue through local offices
  • Suspend funding for the Youth Employment legislative earmark

Department of Public Health

Effective July 1

  • Suspend funding for Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV
  • Suspend funding to the Tobacco Quitline

Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Effective July 1

  • Reduce funding for state-funded job training programs and suspend funding to legislative earmarks for job training. This does not impact the department's federal job training funds
  • Suspend funding for all coal programs at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, including discontinuing subsidies to coal companies
  • Suspend funding for the Renewable Energy Program. This does not impact the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards program
  • Suspend funding for the Energy Efficiency Program

Department of Transportation

Effective July 1

  • Reduce funding for Amtrak
  • Suspend state add-on payment to PACE
  • Suspend state subsidy for Regional Transportation Authority Reduced Fares grant

Department of Revenue

Effective July 1

  • Reduce funding for the following programs administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority: Multifamily Finance Program, Reduce Homebuyer Acquisition Rehabilitation Program and Reduce Homeowner Emergency Repair Program

Department of Veterans Affairs

Effective July 1

  • Delay opening of Chicago Veterans' Home

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