| May 30, 2014
| 12:43 PM
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...
| May 14, 2014
| 5:32 PM
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...
| May 15, 2014
| 10:27 AM
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....
| May 20, 2014
| 5:23 AM
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&...
| May 22, 2014
| 4:08 PM
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...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 5:40 PM
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...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 5:44 AM
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...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 5:16 PM
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...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 7:54 PM
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...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 10:38 AM
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.
| Jan 31, 2014
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