| Nov 3, 2011
| 3:32 PM
Senate President John Cullerton said Thursday that progress is being made toward a broad deal to pair tax breaks for the city’s financial exchanges with relief for smaller businesses and individual taxpayers.
Legislative leaders, who meet privately...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 2:10 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday that he’s close to a deal with lawmakers that would keep seven state facilities open through the end of the budget year and prevent 1,900 layoffs.
Quinn said his office has been working with legislative budget leaders...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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,...