| 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...
| 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-...
| Apr 7, 2012
| 1:43 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House panel investigating a Chicago lawmaker accused of bribery is holding off on hearings next week because of the potential for more activity in federal court.
The latest developments in the case of Rep. Derrick Smith, D-...
| 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...
| 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 17, 2012
| 3:11 PM
State lawmakers adjourned a one-day special session today without approving even a scaled-back version of pension reform.
Prospects for a major breakthrough on an issue were bleak before the House and Senate returned to the Capitol.
But even a measure...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 3:09 PM
The House made the first move against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget proposal Thursday, lowering the estimate of how much money the state should expect to take in next year by more than $200 million.
For a state that owes more than $8 billion...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 6:35 PM
Dealt a loss in his attempt to wipe out lawmakers' paychecks, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn will try to put the ruling on ice Friday as he attempts to kick up to the Illinois Supreme Court the legal question of whether his move was constitutional.
| Sep 30, 2013
| 4:54 AM
A key member of a legislative panel charged with finding a way to fill Illinois' worst-in-the-nation unfunded pension liability said Sunday that she believes it is "very likely" a plan to change state retirement benefits could be agreed upon to present to...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 7:51 PM
State Sen. Bill Brady, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, said voters have grown weary of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's populist actions and want a leader who will "deal with reality."
Brady, a Bloomington Republican who lost the 2010...