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  • CPS head targets K-8 'dropout pipeline'

    Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett vowed Monday to move forcefully to address the city's crisis in K-8 truancy and absenteeism, declaring: "We must work to shut down the dropout pipeline." She said that "while the district has not fully...
  • Quinn calls lawmakers into special session on pension reform

    Quinn calls lawmakers into special session on pension reform
    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,...
  • House gambling sponsor recuses self because of potential conflict

     House gambling sponsor recuses self because of potential conflict
    — The Illinois House's longtime gambling expansion point man has dropped his sponsorship of a casino bill to avoid a potential conflict of interest. Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie wrote to the House clerk that he is now affiliated with a law...
  • Quinn criticizes new pension reform plan tied to income tax

    Quinn criticizes new pension reform plan tied to income tax
    SPRINGFIELD — A top House Democrat on Wednesday suggested a new plan to fix the state’s massively indebted retirement system: make the temporary income tax hike permanent, have state workers and teachers chip in more toward their pension and...
  • Illinois credit rating sinks to worst in nation

    Illinois credit rating sinks to worst in nation
    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois fell to the bottom of all 50 states in the rankings of a major credit ratings agency Friday following the failure of Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers to fix the state’s hemorrhaging pension system during this month’s...
  • Quinn to sign illegal immigrant driver's licenses bill Sunday

    Quinn to sign illegal immigrant driver's licenses bill Sunday
    Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign a measure into law Sunday that will grant drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. The move comes as little surprise given the Democratic governor’s outspoken support of the measure, which was passed by...
  • Concealed-carry legislation emerges in Springfield

    Concealed-carry legislation emerges in Springfield
    SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would set up the rules to allow concealed weapons to be carried in Illinois has started moving through the state senate. The measure would require a gun owner to get a special endorsement from the Chicago police in...
  • Illinois Senate president: No vote on pension reform until January

    Illinois Senate president: No vote on pension reform until January
    Don’t expect a vote on a plan to overhaul the state’s government worker pension program until after the new year, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton indicated Thursday. The North Side Democrat said that there simply aren’t...
  • 1st free-standing birth center in Illinois may open

    1st free-standing birth center in Illinois may open
    It took more than two decades of labor, but Illinois is finally poised to permit its first free-standing birth center, an alternative model of care for low-risk pregnant women who want to deliver in a homey environment with a reduced chance of medical...
  • Illinois concealed carry bill heads to House floor

    Illinois concealed carry bill heads to House floor
    SPRINGFIELD --- An Illinois House panel today approved a concealed weapons bill that supporters say attempts to walk the fine line between gun rights advocates and gun control supporters, but some Chicago-area lawmakers want a more restrictive bill. The...
  • No vote on Illinois House pension plan today

    No vote on Illinois House pension plan today
    The Illinois House adjourned for the day without voting on a major government worker pension overhaul, casting grave doubt on the reform plan's fate. The bill passed out of a committee earlier today, but proponents are still trying to round up enough...
  • State lawmakers set up committee to tackle pension reform

    State lawmakers set up committee to tackle pension reform
    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...