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Illinois State Capitol

Quinn Rejects Union Pension Plan, Cross Urges More Special Sessions If No Deal Friday

As he prepared for the special legislative session he called for this Friday in Springfield, Gov. Pat Quinn was shooting down a pension reform proposal being pitched by the state’s labor unions.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Governor Calls Special Session To Deal With Pension Reform

Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the Illinois General Assembly next month in an effort to finally reach a consensus on pension reform.

07/30/2012

James R. Thompson Center

Governor, Legislative Leaders Still Divided On Pension Reform

Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s four legislative leaders remained split on how to fix the state’s severely underfunded public pension systems, though the governor did signal a shift in philosophy regarding teacher pensions.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Emanuel Pushes Pension Reform In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel went to Springfield on Tuesday to speak to state lawmakers about the need for pension reform at the city and state levels.

CBS Chicago–05/08/2012

Illinois House Floor

House Panel Votes To Strip Free Health Care From Retired State Workers

Illinois’ 78,000 state government retirees could lose their free health care benefits, under a measure headed to the full Illinois House for consideration.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2012

State Rep. Derrick Smith.

Jesse White Calls For Rep. Smith To Resign; GOP Wants Probe

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is calling on his onetime political protégé, State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), to resign after his arrest for bribery.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross (left), Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, (center) and anti-tax advocate Jim Tobin call for a repeal of the state's 2011 income tax hike, with a display of $1,000 in groceries to illustrate the estimated $1,000 a year the tax hike costs Illinois families. (Credit: CBS)

Republicans Slam Democrats On Anniversary Of Income Tax Hike

Marking the first anniversary of the income tax hike approved by Gov. Pat Quinn and the Democrat-controlled legislature, Republican lawmakers hammered Democrats over the tax increase, saying people don’t like it and it’s not working.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2012

Illinois House Floor

Lawmakers Pushing For Rollback Of Corporate Income Tax Hike

Illinois House Republicans – and even some House Democrats – want to roll back the state’s corporate income tax increase, but there’s no serious talk of also rolling back the personal income tax hike.

WBBM Newsradio–12/14/2011

Illinois House Floor

House Reaches Deal For Tax Breaks For Sears, CME

Illinois lawmakers will try again to pass a measure aimed at keeping two of the state’s largest companies from jumping ship.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Proposed Legislation Takes Aim At Pension Double Dippers

New proposed legislation aims to close the loopholes that have allowed some Chicago labor union leaders to collect massive public pensions.

CBS Chicago–10/12/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois GOP Pushing $500M Jobs Package

Illinois Republicans have filed a measure they say will create tens of thousands of jobs. They think it’s something Democrats can get behind as well.

WBBM Newsradio–09/19/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Treasurer Encouraged By State Budget Talks

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Tuesday that he’s encouraged by the atmosphere around the Capitol this year as budget negotiations heat up.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2011

State Senate President John Cullerton

Report: Cullerton Moves To Repeal Video Poker Law

In a surprise move, Senate President John Cullerton Wednesday took steps to gut the controversial 2009 state law that authorized video gambling machines in bars and restaurants throughout the state, the Sun-Times is reporting.

03/16/2011