| May 2, 2012
| 4:32 AM
Q: What? Another Q&A column about teacher pensions? A: I know! But last week's dialogue prompted so many questions from readers — as opposed to those from the voice of curiosity in my head — that I felt a sequel......
| Jun 28, 2011
| 1:53 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today will sign into law an overhaul of the state's workers' compensation system, a move that will slash medical rates, set new standards in determining a worker's disability and put in place more safeguards to prevent abuse.
| Jul 11, 2011
| 2:11 AM
The Illinois Supreme Court is expected to decide today the constitutionality of Gov. Pat Quinn's showcase $31 billion public works program, with an adverse ruling likely to throw a state in financial turmoil into even deeper disarray.
Sinking in billions...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 11:37 AM
WASHINGTON--Gov. Pat Quinn said today that he and Sen. Dick Durbin are seeking a letter from the White House saying the vacant state prison in Thomson would not house detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, so plans could advance to sell the facility to...
| 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 21, 2012
| 10:42 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today approved legislation requiring thousands of retired state employees to chip in on the costs of health care insurance that many of them get for little or nothing.
The law attempts to rein in the state’s rising costs but also...
| Nov 28, 2011
| 6:04 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Tinley Park Mental Health Center and six other state facilities would stay open in the short term and nearly 1,900 layoffs would be avoided under a deal struck Monday night, according to leading Democrats and Republicans.
| Jul 2, 2012
When lawmakers fled Springfield on May 31 without fixing the state's pension crisis, Gov. Pat Quinn said he would bring them back "as soon as possible" to vote on a solution.
One week. Two weeks. Three weeks. Four weeks and counting.
The leaders are...
| Jul 8, 2012
In the next life, whatever that entails, we'll be thrilled if we never have to type the phrase "ruinous Illinois pension crisis." But before we shuffle off what Shakespeare called this mortal coil, writing about our state officials' failure to fix the...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 7:28 PM
State Sen. Suzi Schmidt announced Wednesday that she will stay in office and seek re-election next year, despite recent controversy over her 911 call requesting special treatment during a marital dispute.
"I believe I can and will continue to serve the...