| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she cannot issue paychecks to lawmakers unless they vote to overturn Gov. Pat Quinn's $13.8 million veto of their salaries or a court rules her office must pay out.
The decision comes after weeks of...
| Sep 21, 2012
Even as the troubled legislative scholarship program was on its last legs, state lawmakers continued to make questionable choices and show possible political favoritism in awarding the free college tuition, a Tribune analysis found.
| Sep 25, 2012
Gail Purkey wasn't employed by the state of Illinois long enough during the 1980s to earn a state pension. Her stint with House Speaker Michael Madigan's legislative staff, plus her time at the Illinois Arts Council, an agency chaired by Madigan's wife,...
| Aug 15, 2012
| 11:34 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Unity proved to be an elusive commodity for Democrats at their day at the Illinois State Fair today as the party’s key organized labor support bashed Gov. Pat Quinn for his efforts to reform public employee pensions, forego pay...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 12:05 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Republicans leaders today wasted no time laying the blame for the state's financial woes at the feet of powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan and his fellow Democrats, saying that now is the time to act like adults and pass sorely...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 3:11 PM
State lawmakers adjourned a one-day special session today without approving even a scaled-back version of pension reform.
Prospects for a major breakthrough on an issue were bleak before the House and Senate returned to the Capitol.
But even a measure...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 6:47 PM
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Thursday that she expects Gov. Pat Quinn to rewrite a compromise measure to legalize the concealed carrying of firearms in public.
Madigan, speaking at a luncheon discussion hosted by the pro-Democratic women'...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 8:12 PM
SPRINGFIELD — House Speaker Michael Madigan today dismissed any concern that Gov. Pat Quinn may veto the delicately negotiated concealed weapons legislation passed last month, saying he expected that lawmakers would overwhelmingly reject an...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 2:44 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The General Assembly is in special session today to form a conference committee of lawmakers who will try to come up with a way to break a stalemate on government worker pension reform.
The Senate got the ball rolling by voting 45-11 not...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Democratic candidate for governor Bill Daley excoriated Gov. Pat Quinn for a lack of leadership over the state's pension crisis and criticized potential rival Lisa Madigan for not providing a legal opinion on the constitutionality of possible solutions....
| Jun 18, 2013
| 10:26 AM
Unable to round up enough Senate votes for a sweeping measure to overhaul the state’s public employee pension system, Gov. Pat Quinn has backed off in favor of a plan to a form a committee designed to forge a compromise on the hot-button issue....
| Jun 11, 2013
| 11:58 AM
As the list of candidates wanting to be the next governor of Illinois grows, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she is still making up her mind about whether to enter the race.
The decision is one that will have a ripple effect on the next election...