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Supreme Court dissent says balanced budget mandate should be considered Supreme Court dissent says balanced budget mandate should be considered

Supreme Court dissent says balanced budget mandate should be considered

Is a line in Illinois’ Constitution instructing the General Assembly to pass a balanced budget a requirement, or a suggestion?

That question was recently posed to the Supreme Court, weaved into a case that challenged the constitutionality of taxpayer-funded abortions through Medicaid. Although the state’s highest court declined to hear the case, the leading expert on Illinois’ governing document said the language is indeed a mandate.

Chief justice seeks bump in judicial funding from state Chief justice seeks bump in judicial funding from state

Chief justice seeks bump in judicial funding from state

The chief justice of Illinois’ top court asked lawmakers this week for what would be the judicial branch’s first budget increase in six years. The Supreme Court, which has authority over all courts in the state, needs “sufficient funding” to meet its constitutional obligations — “to guarantee every court user a justice process that is efficient, effective...
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