Throw bums out? Try balancing Ill. budget online

Posted:

Springfield-- Tired of paying more state taxes and hearing only about overdue bills and a pension crisis?

 

Now you can do more than cry, "Throw the bums out!"

 

Two Chicago think tanks and Crain's Chicago Business have developed an interactive online "Illinois Budget Calculator." It puts the budget's general fund -- half of the state's total spending -- in your virtual hands.

 

The budgeting exercise lets anyone weigh priorities using real-world dollar amounts which match the current fiscal year's budget and appropriations.

 

Users may review proposals, make policy choices and decide which programs -- education, human services, health care or public safety -- should get more or less money.

 

Co-developers are the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and the Institute for Work and the Economy.

 

Online: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/budget-calculator

Current Conditions
/
  • Current Events

  • Current EventsMore>>

  • Spirit of Giving

    Spirit of Giving

    Join WAND, Cromwell Radio, Walmart North and Macon County Toys for Tots in the Spirit of Giving Toy Drive, Friday, December 1st. T

    More \232a

    Join WAND, Cromwell Radio, Walmart North and Macon County Toys for Tots in the Spirit of Giving Toy Drive, Friday, December 1st. T

    More \232a
  • Coats for Kids Drive

    Coats for Kids Drive

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - You can help keep central Illinois children warm this winter by donating new and gently used coats during WAND-TV's Coats for Kids drive.

    More \232a

    DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - You can help keep central Illinois children warm this winter by donating new and gently used coats during WAND-TV's Coats for Kids drive.

    More \232a
  • Agribusiness Today

    Agribusiness Today

    Get your agribusiness report here!

    More \232a

    Get your agribusiness report here!

    More \232a
  • Web Exclusives

    Web Exclusives

    Here at WAND we strive to bring you the latest coverage on news happening across central Illinois, and this page is a continuation of that effort.More \232a
    Here at WAND we strive to bring you the latest coverage on news happening across central Illinois, and this page is a continuation of that effort.More \232a