Rauner administration announces another $420 million in cuts

SPRINGFIELD — Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday released a second list of planned cuts and closures throughout state government, saying the moves will eliminate an additional $420 million in spending, following a previous list released earlier this month cutting millions more.

A press release from the administration says it is initiating its second round of steps to manage the state’s finances, commenting that the options available to the administration remain limited because the [House Speaker Michael] Madigan-[Senate President John] Cullerton budget includes no reforms.

More steps will be announced as they are finalized.

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Rauner’s first list of cuts and closures

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But Friday’s list notes all State of Illinois vendors should prepare for the potential of a longer delay in receiving payments for goods and services provided to the State.

Effective July 1, 2015
• Suspend capital projects, including construction at state facilities, schools and colleges.
• Suspend all capital grants for legislators’ earmarks and non-bonded or “pay as you go” capital projects.
• This freeze does not include road and other Department of Transportation projects.
• Significantly reduce use of outside legal counsel by eliminating and/or reducing legal contracts.

Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Action Initiated
• Reinstate timely re-determinations of Medicaid eligibility.
• Roll back rates for ambulance services and renal care services to SMART-Act levels.
• Reduce managed care capitation rates.
• Discontinue special Medicaid payments to some hospitals.
• Increase eligibility threshold (Determination of Need Score) to a level more consistent with national eligibility levels.
• Achieve cost savings using new procurement strategy for purchasing durable medical equipment.

Department of Natural Resources
Effective September 1, 2015
• Suspend operations at the World Shooting Recreational Complex (WSRC) near Sparta. The site will become closed to the public and not available for events.
o All events scheduled through August 2015, including the Grand American, will not be impacted by this action.

Department of Agriculture
Effective July 1, 2015
• Suspend funding to county fairs for premiums and fairground rehabilitation projects.
• Suspend funding for agricultural extension and 4-H clubs for premiums at agricultural shows.
• Suspend funding for premiums for Agricultural Education Fairs.
• Suspend funding for the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service.
• Suspend funding to the Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
Effective July 1, 2015
• Suspend funding to Choose Chicago for tourism promotion.

Department of State Police
Effective July 1, 2015
• Suspend FY16 initiative to purchase new forensic equipment.

Office of State Fire Marshal
Effective July 1, 2015
• Suspend funding for the Chicago Fire Department training program.
• Suspend reimbursements for fire department training to other local governments.
• Suspend funding for small fire-fighting and ambulance equipment grants.

Criminal Justice Information Authority
Effective July 1, 2015
• Suspend the following legislative earmarks:
o YouthBuild grants;
o Bullying Prevention grants;
o Franklin County Methamphetamine Pilot Program; and
o South Suburban Major Crimes Taskforce.
• Suspend statewide funding for Operation CeaseFire.
• Suspend funding for Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention grants.

Department of Human Services
Effective July 1, 2015
Suspend funding for Community Services for juvenile delinquency program serving youth and young adults administered by the Chicago Area Project.
Suspend funding for Immigrant Integration Services. Access to the Department’s programs will continue through local offices.
Suspend funding for Welcoming Centers. Access to the Department’s programs will continue through local offices.
Suspend funding for the Youth Employment legislative earmark.

Department of Public Health
Effective July 1, 2015
Suspend funding for Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV.
Suspend funding to the Tobacco Quitline.

Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Effective July 1, 2015
Reduce funding for state-funded job training programs and suspend funding to legislative earmarks for job training. This does not impact the Department’s federal job training funds.
Suspend funding for all coal programs at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, including discontinuing subsidies to coal companies.
Suspend funding for the Renewable Energy Program. This does not impact the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards program.
Suspend funding for the Energy Efficiency Program.

Department of Transportation
Effective July 1, 2015
• Reduce funding for Amtrak.
• Suspend state add-on payment to PACE.
• Suspend state subsidy for Regional Transportation Authority Reduced Fares grant.

Department of Revenue
Effective July 1, 2015
• Reduce funding for the following housing programs administered by the Illinois Housing Development Authority:
o Multifamily Finance Program;
o Reduce Homebuyer Acquisition Rehabilitation Program; and
o Reduce Homeowner Emergency Repair Program.

Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Effective July 1, 2015
• Delay opening of Chicago Veterans’ Home.