| May 8, 2012
| 1:13 PM
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in Springfield Tuesday to testify on pension reform in Chicago.
Emanuel was greeted by Democratic house speaker Mike Madigan and Republican leader Tom Cross as he arrived to testified to the house personal and pension...
| May 9, 2012
| 2:28 PM
House lawmakers moved today to reduce the $800 million annual cost of insurance for retired state workers by making them pay more for health care that some now get for little or nothing.
The action unfolded as House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago,...
| May 15, 2012
| 7:48 PM
SPRINGFIELD--A staffer for House Republican Leader Tom Cross received a six-month probation and an unpaid five-day suspension for conducting “prohibited political activity” on state time.
Legislative aide Nicholas McNeely, who’s worked...
| May 26, 2012
| 11:41 AM
SPRINGFIELD — State funding for schools would drop nearly 4 percent under a measure a House committee approved today.
The move comes as House Democrats and Republicans seek to address the state’s finances during a session where they’...
| May 29, 2012
| 10:22 AM
SPRINGFIELD — 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 to shift suburban and Downstate teacher retirement costs onto local school...
| Nov 8, 2012
A day after suffering devastating election losses up and down the state, Illinois Republicans could point to one bright spot: Barack Obama's name won't ever be on the ballot again.
In 2004 as a U.S. Senate candidate, in 2008 as a presidential contender...
| May 31, 2012
| 4:47 AM
SPRINGFIELD — As lawmakers head toward adjournment tonight, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan paved the way for a comprehensive government worker pension reform plan by dropping his demand that suburban and Downstate school districts pay more...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 4:30 AM
— State lawmakers spent the final day of the spring session failing to act on the crucial issue of pension reform, instead approving a major gambling expansion that wasn't at the top of the agenda.
The turn of events dealt a significant blow to...
| Jun 3, 2012
— Hours after lawmakers headed home without reforming the state's bereft public worker pension systems, Gov. Pat Quinn implored them to remember that Illinois government is "racing the clock" in solving the issue.
But a different race is on the...
| Jun 3, 2012
The last few weeks showcased the Illinois General Assembly at its best and worst. Lawmakers plotted a course — and summoned the courage — to rescue Medicaid. They began the process of closing underused state institutions, passed a bill to...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 8:17 PM
Progress on pension reform proved elusive Wednesday as Democratic and Republican legislative leaders huddled with Gov. Pat Quinn to try to reach consensus on how to reform the state's vastly underfunded employee retirement systems.
The nearly two-hour,...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 2:09 PM
The Illinois Supreme Court today rejected a Republican challenge to have the state’s new Democratic-drawn legislative map tossed as unconstitutional.
The remap challenge was decided on a 4-3 party-line decision.
In February, House Republican...