State roundup: Rauner in Normal today for town hall meeting

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The governor will test his ideas to turnaround Illinois at a town hall-style meeting in Normal Monday afternoon.

In previous visits to areas throughout the state, Governor Bruce Rauner has talked about empowering voters to have right-to-work zones, change their regulations regarding prevailing wage and project labor agreements and other fixes he says would make Illinois more competitive.

Rauner’s town hall will be in the Normal City Council Chambers at 2:30 p.m.

FOIA backlog grows

There are scores of stalled records requests at the Attorney General’s office according to the Associated Press.

The AP says that more than twenty-eight-hundred appeals of Freedom of Information Act requests for records a government agency deemed secret have yet been responded to by a public access counselor.

Most of the appeals come from individual taxpayers, not from the media or law firms.

Appropriations hearings this week

The Department of Human Services Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations hearing is Monday in Chicago.

It’s expected lawmakers will hear about the more than six-billion dollar annual appropriation proposal.

Rauner’s budget documents say the plan invests in residential settings for developmentally disabled, funds childcare and Juvenile Redeploy.

The documents also indicate the agency will be given flexibility to run programs that best demonstrate results.

Fiscal year 2016 begins July but there is still no clear indication on how a one-and-a-half billion dollars shortfall in the current fiscal year will be solved.

 

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