| Mar 13, 2012
| 12:48 PM
Illinois Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno was so enthused today in her endorsement of Mitt Romney for president that she flubbed his name.
The lawmaker from Lemont was on a conference call to announce that she and a half-dozen state senators...
| Sep 19, 2010
State Sen. Terry Link compares it to winning the lottery.
Local government executives get fat bonuses and retire. Their pensions also are inflated by the bonus amounts, and so their retirement checks get fatter, to the point that they make more from...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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 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 1, 2011
| 4:15 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn met behind closed doors with legislative leaders today to talk jobs and economic growth, floating a plan that would increase the state’s earned income tax credit for low-income families and close some corporate tax loopholes.
| Jul 20, 2011
| 2:49 PM
The state’s top Republican legislative leaders today led the filing of a federal lawsuit challenging a Democratic-drawn remapping of the state’s House and Senate districts, alleging it unfairly discriminates against African Americans and...
| 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...