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  • Lawmakers approving state budget ahead of adjournment

    Lawmakers approving state budget ahead of adjournment
    SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers today have begun to send portions of a new state budget to Gov. Pat Quinn, the one task they must complete ahead of their Saturday adjournment deadline. The spending plan puts off the tough decision of whether to extend the...
  • Madigan: Pass budget now, round up tax hike votes later

    Madigan: Pass budget now, round up tax hike votes later
    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Democrats are taking a spend first, find-the-money-later approach as they craft a new state budget, laying out their priorities despite uncertainty that they’ll be able to gather enough votes to extend a temporary...
  • Lawmakers may donate Obama's former state senate seat -- or at least his chair

    Lawmakers may donate Obama's former state senate seat -- or at least his chair
    State lawmakers took steps today to loan or donate Barack Obama's state Senate seat to his presidential library — and took pains to note they weren't trying to turn the items into "golden" assets the way imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich did....
  • Madigan: Still 'significantly' short on income tax vote

    Madigan: Still 'significantly' short on income tax vote
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn spent more than two hours Monday trying to convince House Democrats to vote to make permanent what was billed as a temporary income tax increase, but Speaker Michael Madigan said support remains “significantly&...
  • Preckwinkle hits Springfield on pension plan

    Preckwinkle hits Springfield on pension plan
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle hit Springfield Thursday to try to build support for changes to the county pension plan that she says would halt its ongoing decline toward insolvency. She met with Senate President John Cullerton House...
  • Major union group sues to overturn Illinois pension law

    Major union group sues to overturn Illinois pension law
    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ largest government employee unions sued Tuesday to overturn Illinois’ new pension law, ripping the long sought, landmark money-saving changes as outright “theft” from workers that won’t pass a...
  • Chicago pension tab: $18,596 for every man, woman, child

    Chicago pension tab: $18,596 for every man, woman, child
    The much-discussed government worker pension debt in Chicago now has a price tag: $18,596 for every man, woman and child living in the city. That per-person figure is the highest among the nation’s 25 largest cities. It’s nearly double that...
  • Quinn pushes for minimum wage increase, early childhood education spending

    Quinn pushes for minimum wage increase, early childhood education spending
    SPRINGFIELD — A re-election seeking Gov. Pat Quinn used his State of the State speech Wednesday to declare that Illinois is “making a comeback” under his leadership and unveil a modest agenda of spending more on early childhood...
  • Emanuel, legislative leaders meet to discuss city pensions

    Emanuel, legislative leaders meet to discuss city pensions
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently met with the four leaders of the Illinois General Assembly to discuss major shortfalls in the city's employee pension funds that could blow a huge hole in next year's city and Chicago Public Schools budgets. A spokeswoman for...
  • Quinn now backs term limits for statewide elected officials

    Quinn now backs term limits for statewide elected officials
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said today he supports a Republican-backed proposal to limit how long statewide elected officials can serve and defended his term-limit credentials against criticism from GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner. “I support...
  • Open thread: The Weeks in Review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......