The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

State of Our State Is Shocking

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

March 17, 2010

It's getting worse in Illinois economically, with the late payments due schools, now not even coming after Governor Quinn's 2010 state budget report. Illinois is $13 billion in the red. Quinn proposes a 1% increase in income tax as a surcharge going directly toward education. This revenue is to be approximately $1.1 billion, the same as the state's proposed reductions. The Governor indicated that without passage of the income tax increase, the education budget would be cut by 17%. Illini West estimates losing $330,000 in revenue, not including special education reductions.