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John J Cullerton

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  • Illinois credit rating takes hit after no action on pensions

    Illinois credit rating takes hit after no action on pensions
    SPRINGFIELD — One of the nation's leading credit-rating firms put Illinois on a negative watch list today because Gov. Pat Quinn and state lawmakers failed to address the overwhelming public pension debt in the just-completed lame-duck session....
  • Sweeping pension reform fails in Illinois Senate

    Sweeping pension reform fails in Illinois Senate
    SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois Senate defeated a comprehensive overhaul of the state's broken pension system today, instead passing a plan to make changes to only the teacher pension system. Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, salvaged the teacher...
  • Senate swings, misses on sweeping pension overhaul

    Senate swings, misses on sweeping pension overhaul
    — State lawmakers continued to dance around the question of how to fix the state's heavily indebted government worker pension system Wednesday, with the latest two-step unfolding in the Illinois Senate. A comprehensive measure aimed at erasing the...
  • Illinois credit rating sinks to worst in nation

    Illinois credit rating sinks to worst in nation
    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois fell to the bottom of all 50 states in the rankings of a major credit ratings agency Friday following the failure of Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers to fix the state’s hemorrhaging pension system during this month’s...
  • Quinn to sign illegal immigrant driver's licenses bill Sunday

    Quinn to sign illegal immigrant driver's licenses bill Sunday
    Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign a measure into law Sunday that will grant drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. The move comes as little surprise given the Democratic governor’s outspoken support of the measure, which was passed by...
  • 1st free-standing birth center in Illinois may open

    1st free-standing birth center in Illinois may open
    It took more than two decades of labor, but Illinois is finally poised to permit its first free-standing birth center, an alternative model of care for low-risk pregnant women who want to deliver in a homey environment with a reduced chance of medical...
  • Quinn wants minimum wage hike, assault weapons ban

    Quinn wants minimum wage hike, assault weapons ban
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today called on lawmakers to raise the minimum wage, ban assault weapons, allow online voter registration in an annual State of the State speech that sounded a lot like the launch of his 2014 re-election campaign. Returning to...
  • Quinn minimum wage hike could be tough sell

    Quinn minimum wage hike could be tough sell
    It won’t be easy for Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn to find enough lawmakers to vote for the minimum wage increase, what with business groups pronouncing it a “job killer.” But the best news for Quinn is that key Democratic lawmakers...
  • Quinn criticizes new pension reform plan tied to income tax

    Quinn criticizes new pension reform plan tied to income tax
    SPRINGFIELD — A top House Democrat on Wednesday suggested a new plan to fix the state’s massively indebted retirement system: make the temporary income tax hike permanent, have state workers and teachers chip in more toward their pension and...
  • Illinois Senate approves Medicaid expansion bill

    Illinois Senate approves Medicaid expansion bill
    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate today approved an expansion of health care for 342,000 low-income residents under legislation that embraces President Barack Obama’s signature program to give medical coverage to more Americans. The party-...
  • Quinn vetoes gambling expansion as expected

    Quinn vetoes gambling expansion as expected
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a major gambling expansion today in a move that's been long expected, but a new version will be surfacing soon. The new legislation once again would allow a casino in Chicago and four other sites around the...