| Jul 16, 2014
| 5:35 AM
Hearings this evening on the proposed budget for Chicago Public Schools figure to be no less heated than in past years, as critics line up to question plans that include more cuts to traditional neighborhood schools.
The proposed $5.8-billion operating...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 6:31 AM
“You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.”
—Mario Cuomo, Democratic Party elder and former governor of New York.
The 2014 race for governor of Illinois is set, and the 2015 race for mayor of Chicago is fast coming into focus....
| Jul 17, 2014
| 11:02 AM
Editor's note: This is part of an everyday series exploring individual line items in state and local budgets. Read the entire series at www.dailypress.com/watchdog.
GLOUCESTER – Gloucester County spends a little over $1.8 million a year for an...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 6:48 PM
Allentown officials responded Wednesday to accusations leveled against them by a councilwoman that money was misappropriated from the city's fire and police department budgets.
Councilwoman Jeanette Eichenwald last month raised questions at a council...
| Jul 23, 2014
| 4:05 PM
TAVARES — A sea of uniformed deputies mixed with residents wearing bright yellow shirts emblazoned "Save Our Libraries" packed the County Commission chambers this week as Lake leaders signaled their intent to increase property taxes.
| Jul 18, 2014
| 9:48 AM
The Mariners’ Museum reopened its giant USS Monitor conservation lab this week after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — which administers the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary — agreed to provide a one-year funding...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 2:18 PM
Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right,
that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 11:26 AM
Despite a board member downplaying the benefits, Arlington Heights is expected to take on two budgeting periods next year as it transitions its fiscal cycle.
The switch from a May-April fiscal year to a January-December one, officials said, will mean...
| Jul 11, 2014
Even for those as angelic as newborns, few messages are as intimidating as, The U.S. Department of Justice would like information from you. Imagine the widespread angst, then, as federal prosecutors intensify their look at, and around, Gov. Pat Quinn's...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 4:46 PM
Apopka's "wish-list" budget, unveiled Wednesday, includes $1.2 million for a community pool and $1.6 million to staff and equip a planned fire house.
But those luxuries are not likely to be part of the city's final financial plan for the upcoming fiscal...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 12:16 PM
It’s been a while, City Manager Randy Knight noted, since Winter Park raised its property taxes.
“The millage rate of 4.0923 is the same millage rate we’ve had now for six years,” Knight told city commissioners during the July 28...