Wednesday, March 20, 2013
County President Toni Preckwinkle is asking 1,500 inmates be transferred to home-monitoring, to prevent an overcrowding crisis, ABC7 reports.
Cook County Jail is nearly full to bursting. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is asking the detention center to reduce its 10,000+ population by 1,500 because there is not enough money to pay for them, ABC7 reports. At its current rate of admissions, the prison is poised to exceed its 10,150-prisoner capacity "within days." "The population I had today is what I'd normally have at the worst time of the year," Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart told ABC7. "You can't sustain that. My overtime budget is exploding right now, absolutely exploding. I'm already close to going through what I was supposed to do for the whole year." To prevent overcrowding, Preckwinkle proposes that by mid-summer, 1,500 prisoners be transferred to home …
Friday, September 30, 2011
A salary increase is in the works for teachers in some local schools next fiscal year.
Unlike many Illinois school districts, Consolidated High School District 230 is beginning its 2012 Fiscal Year "in the black." The district's board passed that $121 million budget Thursday night during its regular meeting at Victor J. Andrew High School. Assistant Superintendent for Business Steve Langert, who presented it, pointed out that the combined operating funds and working cash funds of $52.3 million make up 44 percent of the budgeted operating expenses for FY2012. With Cook County tax bills likely being collected a month earlier this year, he doesn't anticipate any cash flow issues, he said. The district’s operating revenue is expected to increase 1.1 percent from last year, nearly matching the projected expenses for this year. …
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sen. Mark Kirk answered questions and outlined his view on the budget deficit in a town hall meeting Saturday.
As a budget battle looms in the nation's capital, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) focused his remarks on the federal deficit and spending during a town hall forum in Frankfort on Saturday. Kirk took questions from attendees who filled an elementary school gym looking for the opportunity to hear and question their senator. “I don’t want you to walk out of here feeling completely bad about the future of the United States,” Kirk said, before launching into a discussion on growing federal spending. The event was supposed to feature freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11th). An early-morning budget vote prevented Kinzinger from attending in person, but he made remarks via videoconference. Kinzinger echoed Kirk’s belief that Congress should cut …
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
North Palos School District 117's Board of Education passed a balanced budget on Sept. 28.
North Palos School District 117 was able to pass a balanced budget on Sept. 28 despite late payments from the state and a shaky economy. The district's education budget, which covers everything from teacher salaries and benefits, to books and programs, will total $27.42 million for the 2010-2011 school year. That total is down only .5 percent from last year's projected budget. The district's $1.8 million transportation budget has seen a decrease of only $63,400. The only major change in this year's budget occurred in the $2.35 million operation and maintenance fund, which saw a decrease of about 25 percent. That decrease is simply the result of recategorizing certain services under a different fund, said Brian Stachacz, the district's …
Monday, October 4, 2010
A breakdown of the new challenges and costs in the high school district's 2010-11 budget.
Notable changes from last year include: Reductions in operating revenue Operating expenditures Atypical budget changes
Sunday, September 26, 2010
An overview of the stories Palos Patch covered over the course of the last week.
Palos Patch hit the one month mark this week. As always we brought you a mix of stories ranging from breaking crime updates, to volunteers in the community. If you missed any of the coverage over the past week, take a moment to update yourself on the week that was. If you have any news tips or stories you think should be covered e-mail: Daniell@patch.com
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
MVCC remains on solid financial ground in spite of the challenging times.
While many school districts in the south suburbs have mounted a battle against tumultuous fiscal weather, Moraine Valley Community College has set smoothly a sail into the waters of a new year without any reductions in programs or staff. Moraine Valley Community College is poised to have another financially solid year despite a drop in student enrollment, a shortfall in state funding and a possible refund of local tax dollars, according to school administrators. After a presentation Tueday, by Robert Sterkowitz, Moraine Valley's chief financial officer, the board of trustees unanimously approved a balanced 2011 fiscal year budget, which began last July 1. Trustee Patrick Kennedy was absent, and no objections were raised during the public …