| Dec 4, 2012
| 5:38 PM
SPRINGFIELD - As state government leaders struggle to reach agreement on pension reform, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is floating a plan that's a mix of new and old ideas to try to break the logjam.
State workers, teachers, university employees and...
| May 2, 2013
| 6:16 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House today approved a far-reaching pension reform plan pushed by Speaker Michael Madigan that is headed for an uncertain fate in the Senate.
The proposal aims to erase the state's nearly $100 billion pension debt by...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 6:53 PM
As nearly a dozen states consider legislation that would ban toxic flame retardants, Illinois apparently will remain on the sidelines of a growing debate about chemicals linked to cancer, developmental problems and impaired fertility.
On a 10-5 vote,...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 1:04 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The top House Republican and a key House Democrat unveiled a pension proposal today that would require state workers, teachers and others under state retirement plans to work longer, chip in more from their paychecks and scales back...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 11:37 PM
Democrats boosted their already strong majorities in the state House and Senate on Tuesday, taking advantage of new legislative boundaries they drew over the protests of frustrated Republicans.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 9:36 PM
With the constitutionality of Illinois' eavesdropping law already facing several court challenges, a Democratic state representative from Northbrook has filed a bill that would allow …...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that......
| May 29, 2012
| 4:35 PM
A pension reform plan that aims to save tens of billions of dollars surfaced at the Capitol today, but questions remain about a controversial provision …...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 3:09 PM
The House made the first move against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget proposal Thursday, lowering the estimate of how much money the state should expect to take in next year by more than $200 million.
For a state that owes more than $8 billion...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 9:50 AM
SPRINGFIELD--The Illinois House opened a special investigation today into a Chicago Democrat charged in federal court with taking a cash bribe.
But Rep. Derrick Smith, a West Side Democrat, didn't show up.
Smith faces the first House probe since then-...
| Apr 22, 2012
As Gov. Pat Quinn seeks to overhaul Illinois' public employee pension system, one of the more politically tricky elements also happens to be the one he's talking about the least.
The Democratic governor is calling on universities, community colleges...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 9:14 AM
SPRINGFIELD -- A lawmaker indicted on a federal bribery charge failed to appear today before a special House investigatory hearing.
Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, was absent as the panel began proceedings. An attorney for the House said Smith's lawyer...