| Jul 30, 2012
| 12:58 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today called for a special session of the General Assembly on Aug. 17 to take up pension reform.
"It's time to vote," Quinn said of lawmakers. "See you in Springfield."
The Illinois House already was scheduled to be in that day to deal...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 7:15 PM
When lawmakers left the Statehouse at the end of May, the problem of fixing the nation's most underfunded state public employee pension system was left unresolved amid myriad political concerns and divides.
Despite Gov.Pat Quinn's decision to call...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 11:27 AM
Illinois employers no longer will be allowed to ask for their workers’ passwords to social networking sites under a measure Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Wednesday.
Dubbed “the Facebook bill,” the legislation is designed to protect the...
| 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...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 1:25 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today outlined his plan to overhaul the state’s health care system for the poor, an approach that includes a $1-a-pack hike in cigarette taxes coupled with deep cuts that will sharply curtail services.
The governor repeatedly has...
| Apr 21, 2012
Gov. Pat Quinn wants to fix Illinois' debt-ridden public pension system by getting government employees to work longer, pay more toward their retirement and accept less in benefits.
The attempt to wipe out the $83 billion pension shortfall drew immediate...
| Apr 24, 2012
| 3:07 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn today defended his call to raise cigarette taxes as part of an effort to restructure the state's health care program for the poor, saying the $1-a-pack increase will prevent the need for deeper cuts that could harm hospitals or...
| Feb 27, 2013
Here's guessing that when the state's top Democrats gather these days, they're superstitiously avoiding mention of the coup attempt brewing in the Illinois GOP.
Goodness knows they don't want to jinx it.
The Illinois Republican State Central Committee...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 7:57 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn chastised lawmakers for failing to pass cost-cutting changes to the government worker retirement system, then dangled the possibility that he'd drop his long-running opposition to a major gambling expansion to get a...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 2:33 PM
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...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 8:07 PM
Republican Sen. Christine Radogno of Lemont survived a challenge Wednesday night and will continue as Senate GOP leader for two more years.
Senate Republicans lost five seats in this month's election, dropping their numbers to 19, compared to 40...