CAPITOL NEWS DAILY: Budget hearings ramp up

CAPITOL NEWS DAILY: Budget hearings ramp up

Agencies, universities continue to feel sting of a crippling state budget impasse that ended in 2017

The negotiations and committee hearings that make up the state’s budgeting process are underway as universities and state agencies petition lawmakers for funding increases to address problems that accrued in the two years the state went without a budget from 2015 to 2017.

A number of other bills moved this week too, including one to partially ban red light cameras, one creating a domestic violence task force and another taking aim at a chemical used in pavement sealant.

Capitol News Illinois had a full slate of coverage of these and other issues at the Statehouse, including a story and photos from the treasurer’s Black History Month ceremony Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda.

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Jeff has more than 30 years’ experience working for newspapers as a reporter and editor. He was the editor of daily newspapers in northern Illinois and Wisconsin before joining as Capitol News Illinois’ editor, where he oversees the news service’s development, growth and fundraising. He grew up in Lanark in northwest Illinois and has a journalism degree from Bradley University in Peoria.

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Jeff Rogers is the editor of Capitol News Illinois. He has been director of the Illinois Press Foundation since October 2018.

Before joining the Foundation, Rogers had been a newspaper editor in Illinois and Wisconsin since 1994. He was editor of daily papers in Freeport and Galesburg in Illinois, and in Monroe, Wisconsin. He also was editor of the Freeport iNK weekly newspaper from 2003 to 2005. For the past 9 years, Rogers was editor of the Daily Gazette of Sterling and the Telegraph of Dixon, daily paper owned and operated by Shaw Media.

Rogers is a 1988 graduate of Bradley University in Peoria. He grew up in Lanark, in northwest Illinois.

“Having been in newsrooms since graduating from college, I have a strong sense of how Capitol News Illinois can help newspapers across the state,” Rogers said. “This is an exciting opportunity to help the industry in Illinois by providing coverage of state government that most of our newspapers are not getting. In the bigger picture, it’s an opportunity to help Illinois residents reconnect with their state government.”


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