| May 29, 2012
| 4:35 AM
— Efforts to develop a plan for comprehensive reform of public employee pensions hit a snag Monday as opposition intensified over a provision to shift retirement costs for suburban and Downstate teachers onto local school districts.
| May 29, 2012
| 10:22 AM
SPRINGFIELD — A pension reform plan that aims to save tens of billions of dollars surfaced at the Capitol today, but questions remain about a controversial provision to shift suburban and Downstate teacher retirement costs onto local school...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 6:53 PM
As nearly a dozen states consider legislation that would ban toxic flame retardants, Illinois apparently will remain on the sidelines of a growing debate about chemicals linked to cancer, developmental problems and impaired fertility.
On a 10-5 vote,...
| 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 6, 2012
| 11:59 AM
An Illinois House panel today concluded that there are "reasonable grounds" to proceed further with a disciplinary process against a West Side Democratic lawmaker charged with bribery, a move that eventually could result in his expulsion.
| Jul 8, 2012
The state's top politicians still can't reach agreement on how to fix Illinois' woefully out-of-whack public employee pension system, but there's an approach to the issue that both Democrats and Republicans have hailed as a model to follow.
| 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...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 5:38 PM
SPRINGFIELD - As state government leaders struggle to reach agreement on pension reform, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is floating a plan that's a mix of new and old ideas to try to break the logjam.
State workers, teachers, university employees and...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 9:50 AM
SPRINGFIELD--The Illinois House opened a special investigation today into a Chicago Democrat charged in federal court with taking a cash bribe.
But Rep. Derrick Smith, a West Side Democrat, didn't show up.
Smith faces the first House probe since then-...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Saturday he will not seek interest payments lawmakers are due for going without pay for two months last summer, a shift from earlier comments by a spokeswoman who had indicated the Democratic leader would work...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Illinois' crushing public pension crisis has been literally decades in the making, but the present stalemate in Springfield over how to resolve it can be traced in great measure to a single point in time: July 21, 1970.
Richard Nixon was president,...