| May 2, 2012
| 11:55 AM
Lawmakers who want to end an often-abused legislative scholarship program were hopeful for a breakthrough after a top leader in the Illinois Senate got on board today.
Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago changed his position from wanting to reform...
| May 9, 2012
SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday took the rare step of traveling to the Capitol to make a personal pitch for an overhaul of city government worker pensions, saying costs are out of control and the "day of reckoning has arrived."
| May 27, 2012
SPRINGFIELD — State government workers, teachers, university employees and lawmakers could see their annual pension increases scaled back but might not have to pay more toward their retirement or work longer under an emerging plan aimed at...
| 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...
| 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
SPRINGFIELD — As lawmakers head toward adjournment Thursday night, 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...
| May 31, 2012
| 1:54 PM
SPRINGFIELD---Supporters of pension reform were scrambling to line up votes today as the clock ticks down toward a midnight adjournment deadline.
Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said he does not plan to vote for the proposal, and many of his...
| 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...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 7:57 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledged Monday what most others in state government have said for weeks: It's unlikely that he and legislative leaders will strike a deal on public employee pension reform by his June 30 deadline.
While Quinn said he's still pushing...