* The folks at Wonkish.com have done it again. Their latest Web app allows you to build your own state budget.
You don’t get to go down to the line item level on every state agency, but you get to make changes to quite a few items in budgets for the State Board of Education, Corrections, Human Services, Aging, and others.
We’re talking about bringing the Wonkish folks over here to the front page so that we can have better access to their projects. Stay tuned on that.
Anyway, have a go at the app and tell us how you did.
Forgot to add the budget roundup…
* Several Ways to Tackle Illinois’ Budget Deficit: CULLERTON: There’s a whole bunch of different alternatives to this that we’re certainly open to, it could be temporary, we could borrow the three billion dollars and pay it off in a couple of years if that’s what people want to do, so we’re very open to people with suggestions.
* Quinn eyes community college building projects in budget
* Clinton, Eureka would lose Human Services offices under Quinn plan: A full list of the proposed closures released Monday shows no lost jobs among workers, but their commutes could lengthen
* Five Southern Illinois human services offices to close
* Thomson prison supporters to rally in Illinois
: Even though money for Thomson Correctional Center wasn’t included in the governor’s proposed budget, supporters will hold an informational rally Saturday in hopes of changing the situation.
* Editorial: Sales tax holiday: Regardless, though, a back-to-school holiday could result in more students being more ready to learn. And it would be a real break for working families, coping with everything from the day care years to college costs.