Wednesday, March 20, 2013
County President Toni Preckwinkle is asking 1,500 inmates be transferred to home-monitoring, to prevent an overcrowding crisis, ABC7 reports.
Cook County Jail is nearly full to bursting. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is asking the detention center to reduce its 10,000+ population by 1,500 because there is not enough money to pay for them, ABC7 reports. At its current rate of admissions, the prison is poised to exceed its 10,150-prisoner capacity "within days." "The population I had today is what I'd normally have at the worst time of the year," Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart told ABC7. "You can't sustain that. My overtime budget is exploding right now, absolutely exploding. I'm already close to going through what I was supposed to do for the whole year." To prevent overcrowding, Preckwinkle proposes that by mid-summer, 1,500 prisoners be transferred to home …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Orland Park trustees and staff discussed proposed items for the 2013 fiscal year budget Monday night. Read through our live blog transcript from the meeting.
Update, 5:53 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 Orland Park's proposed 2013 budget is projected to be balanced with $111,891,995 in projected revenue, and matching expenditures with about $440,000 remaining. How that remaining money will be used will be decided at future meetings, though one of the discussed potential uses Monday night was adding two additional police officers. The total operating expenses are expected to be $47.8 million. The dollar amount expected from property taxes has not changed since the 2012 budget was drafted, but that does not mean tax rates will stay the same, according to Orland Park Finance Director Annmarie Mampe. "That's up to the county," she said, about the tax rate. Original Post, 5:40 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Orland School District 135 presented its latest fiscal year budget in a report with a description of funding sources, effects of state and federal funding, test scores, dollars spent per student and other analysis.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Orland School District 135's latest proposed budget includes $77,155,640 in revenues and $76,673,117 in expenditures, leaving a surplus of $482,523. This will be the fourth consecutive year the district has passed a balance budget. Sign up for Orland Park Patch breaking news alerts. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Looking for more school stories?
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Orland School District 135 Board of Education discussed terms of taking on former superintendent Dennis Soustek as consultant for their permanent superintendent search during Monday's committee meeting. Board members also looked over the new budget.
They just can’t keep Dennis Soustek away. Orland School District 135 board members want to keep the former superintendent working as a consultant while they seek a permament superintendent to helm the district. Soustek was superintendent from 2006 to 2010. He came out of retirement in January to work as interim superintendent after Paul Howell moved back to the curriculum department. Soustek worked just under the maximum 100 business days between January and June, and considered serving as acting super for another 100-day stint after the board was not able to hire a permanent superintendent by July. He declined and the board hired Carol Kunst in June as interim superintendent. But since Kunst plans on applying for the permanent position, …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Read the full copy of the financial audit report presented to the Orland Fire Protection District Board of Trustees at this week's meeting.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
An audit of the Orland Fire Protection District's finances throughout 2011 was recently completed by Mulcahy, Pauritsch and Salvador. Read the full text above. Sign up for Orland Park Patch breaking news alerts. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter. Looking for more fire district stories?
Friday, September 30, 2011
A salary increase is in the works for teachers in some local schools next fiscal year.
Unlike many Illinois school districts, Consolidated High School District 230 is beginning its 2012 Fiscal Year "in the black." The district's board passed that $121 million budget Thursday night during its regular meeting at Victor J. Andrew High School. Assistant Superintendent for Business Steve Langert, who presented it, pointed out that the combined operating funds and working cash funds of $52.3 million make up 44 percent of the budgeted operating expenses for FY2012. With Cook County tax bills likely being collected a month earlier this year, he doesn't anticipate any cash flow issues, he said. The district’s operating revenue is expected to increase 1.1 percent from last year, nearly matching the projected expenses for this year. …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Candidates campaigning for a seat on the Orland Park Village board shared their views on how to fill a possible budget gap.
The following answers are taken from issue-focused questionnaires, where candidates for Orland Park Village Board were given the option to reply in writing, sit down for an in-person interview or participate in a phone interview. Answers are posted in the order questionnaires were returned or interviews were held. Trustees and staff plugged a $1.8 million budget gap this fall by increasing certain fees and fines, including vehicle stickers, without cutting staff. Is there anything you would have done differently? John Brudnak (phone interview) You have to look at cutting staff. At the school board we cut staff, now we’re looking at the administrative level. At my company, everybody took a hit, from top management to the lowest guy in the …
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sen. Mark Kirk answered questions and outlined his view on the budget deficit in a town hall meeting Saturday.
As a budget battle looms in the nation's capital, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) focused his remarks on the federal deficit and spending during a town hall forum in Frankfort on Saturday. Kirk took questions from attendees who filled an elementary school gym looking for the opportunity to hear and question their senator. “I don’t want you to walk out of here feeling completely bad about the future of the United States,” Kirk said, before launching into a discussion on growing federal spending. The event was supposed to feature freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11th). An early-morning budget vote prevented Kinzinger from attending in person, but he made remarks via videoconference. Kinzinger echoed Kirk’s belief that Congress should cut …
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The Orland Park Board of Trustees made a slew of end-of-the-year decisions about properties, traffic tickets and the budget.
Snow and ice was no match for the will to govern on Monday night at the Orland Park Village Board of Trustees meeting, where a handful of new ordinances, an intergovernmental agreement and a resolution were discussed or approved. At the committee level, trustees James Dodge and Patricia Gira approved a 50 percent sales tax sharing agreement with Orland Park Nissan and Orland Park Infinity over five years starting in 2012. Both dealerships are planning on expanding and upgrading their facilities starting next year to make room for new vehicles, as well as added service capabilites and staff. Trustee Brad O'Halloran was absent. Dodge and Gira also approved rezoning for the Brittany Glen West subdivision that depends on a willing annexation…
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The village unanimously approved the upcoming fiscal year’s budget and property tax levy, after no residents weighed in during the public hearings.
Orland Park trustees approved a property tax levy for the upcoming fiscal year that will bring in $930,423 more than the previous levy, with about three-quarters of the increase going to fund parks and recreation. Of the revenue generated by the new tax levy, Orland Park Finance Director Annmarie Mampe said $711,000 will go toward parks and recreation costs, while the remainder will help fund pensions. In past years, about 60 percent of parks and recreation costs were covered by the village's general fund, but with this levy, the amount subsidized drops to 50 percent. "In order to bring it down to 50 percent, you have to get more revenues to offset it," Orland Park Village Manager Paul Grimes said. "Part of it can be done with fees, but …