Related Program: State Week Listen to State Week - February 20, 2015 By Bob Meyer • Feb 20, 2015 Related Program: State Week TweetShareGoogle+Email Credit Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS This week, discussion of Governor Bruce Rauner's state budget plan. Listen Listening... / 29:00 Tags: Illinois budgetBruce RaunerMichael MadiganJohn CullertonTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread. Related Content Rauner's First Budget Address - Illinois Lawmakers By Amanda Vinicky • Feb 18, 2015 Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner budget address begins to end months of speculation about his specific plans to address the state budget deficit. Illinois Lawmakers is produced in partnership by WSIU-TV Carbondale, WTVP-TV Peoria, and Illinois Public Media, Urbana. Gov. Rauner's Budget Address And Legislative Leaders Reaction By WUIS • Feb 18, 2015 Good Afternoon. President Cullerton Speaker Madigan Leader Radogno Leader Durkin Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti Attorney General Madigan Secretary White Comptroller Munger Treasurer Frerichs Members of the General Assembly, Thank you for attending today. Thank you for your service to the people of Over the past week, we’ve commemorated the life of Illinois’ greatest leader, Abraham Lincoln. Rauner Proposes Deep Spending Cuts By Brian Mackey • Feb 18, 2015 Brian Mackey/WUIS Gov. Bruce Rauner is proposing deep spending cuts across state government. The Republican presented his first budget proposal to lawmakers Wednesday. Illinois’ finances are ailing. That’s been a story for years, but the situation got a lot worse at the beginning of the year when a tax cut took effect. Rauner is proposing significant cuts to everything from healthcare for the poor to universities. Dem Sees 'Fuzzy Pension Math' In Rauner Budget By Brian Mackey • Feb 18, 2015 Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling for big cuts in state spending. But some of his projected savings could be a long way off. A huge chunk of Rauner’s budget savings comes from freezing state pensions and moving workers into more modest plans. “We cannot continue to raise taxes on all Illinoisans in order to fund the retirement benefits of a small fraction of our residents," Rauner said. What’s unusual about Rauner’s approach is that he’s booking the $2.2 billion in savings right away, even though it likely would be challenged in court. Past Due: Budget Address Short On Dreary Details By Jamey Dunn • Feb 18, 2015 Brian Mackey/WUIS News Analysis - Gov. Bruce Rauner’s speech did little to convey the gravity of the cuts proposed in his budget plan. Rauner's Budget: Honest, Or Slash And Burn? By Amanda Vinicky • Feb 19, 2015 Amanda Vinicky Thirty-eight days into his term as Illinois' governor, Bruce Rauner yesterday delivered his much-anticipated budget address. Amanda Vinicky recaps the financial reckoning.