| Jun 14, 2013
| 11:29 AM
A frustrated Gov. Pat Quinn has once again changed strategies in his effort to get a pension reform bill on his desk as he acknowledged Friday he’s “prepared to do whatever necessary” to try to break a deadlock between his fellow...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 2:23 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today called lawmakers back into special session June 19 to deal with the public employee pension shortfall after another rating agency downgraded Illinois' credit rating.
Given the wide philosophical divides between the House and Senate,...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 2:06 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said today that he'll meet with Democratic legislative leaders Monday to try to find compromise on changes to a public employee pension system that's approaching $100 billion in debt.
The governor indicated he spoke with House Speaker...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 11:23 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn offered a compromise suggestion today on how to break the impasse on pension reform: combine the dueling plans into one bill and let the courts sort it out.
But Speaker Michael Madigan was cool to the idea, suggesting the governor instead...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 1:48 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- A major investor ratings service further lowered Illinois' worst-in-the-nation credit rating today following lawmakers' inability to agree on money-saving reforms to the public employee pension system.
Fitch Ratings dropped Illinois...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 10:01 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Democrat William Daley says he is “stunned” the state failed to address the pension crisis in the spring session and indicated the legislative meltdown is moving him closer to announcing a decision on whether to challenge...
| May 28, 2013
| 7:22 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate pressed for a compromise Tuesday to allow concealed weapons in Illinois, advancing a measure that would let Chicago keep local firearms laws like its assault weapons ban and rejecting a separate bill that would wipe...
| May 29, 2013
| 5:08 AM
SPRINGFIELD — New estimates released Tuesday indicate House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension reform proposal would save more money over the next three decades than had been expected.
Number crunchers turned in a final review that showed...
| May 31, 2013
| 5:28 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois Senate tonight overwhelmingly defeated a major overhaul of the state's heavily indebted government worker pension systems, throwing into question whether cost-saving reforms will be approved before Friday night’s...
| May 31, 2013
| 7:46 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- A plan to allow Mayor Rahm Emanuel to skip a large chunk of Chicago Public Schools pension payments for two years failed today after Gov. Pat Quinn vowed to veto it unless lawmakers also approve comprehensive government worker pension....
| Feb 28, 2013
| 4:24 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate today approved an expansion of health care for 342,000 low-income residents under legislation that embraces President Barack Obama’s signature program to give medical coverage to more Americans.
| Mar 4, 2013
| 4:07 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a major gambling expansion today in a move that's been long expected, but a new version will be surfacing soon.
The new legislation once again would allow a casino in Chicago and four other sites around the...