Statewide update—March 18, 2011

Peoria Journal StarState Senate Republicans outline budget cut options, “Illinois Senate Republicans Thursday outlined $6.7 billion in possible state budget cuts, including steep reductions in education assistance, tightening eligibility for Medicaid and changing pension benefits for state employees.”

  • State Journal RegisterHouse committee passes gambling expansion bill, “Illinois’ six horse-race tracks could have slot machines, while riverboat casinos would pay lower taxes, be allowed to move onto land and be permitted to set up more gaming positions under a proposal that cleared a House committee Thursday.”
  • (AP) State Journal RegisterQuinn to seek higher fees on nuclear generators, “Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to seek higher fees on power generator Exelon Corp. to ensure the safety of Illinois nuclear power plants in the aftermath of Japan’s nuclear crisis.”
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