House Speaker Michael Madigan

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Illinois College Retirement Board OKs Pension Fix

The board of the State Universities Retirement System voted Thursday to accept an interpretation of last year’s state-pension reform law that says the law won’t inadvertently cut university retirees’ pensions.

05/09/2014

Ballots

Group Gets 532,000 Signatures To End Gerrymandered Districts

With the help of wealthy donors and a bipartisan group of politicians, a petition to end the gerrymandering of Illinois election districts was presented Thursday, but it faces a stiff constitutional challenge that could keep the question off the November ballot.

05/02/2014

US President Barack Obama departs after making a statement to the press on April 2, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, on the shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

House Panel Takes Second Vote On $100M For Obama Library

An Illinois House committee has voted a second time to approve $100 million in state funding to bring Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum to Illinois.

04/30/2014

An Illinois Voter Casts Her Ballot. (Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Amendment Protecting Ill. Voters To Go On Ballot

Illinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression after Senate action Thursday.

04/11/2014

Illinois House Of Representatives

House, Senate Approve Chicago Pension Reform Plan

The legislation sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan overcame earlier resistance after the Chicago Democrat removed language mentioning the tax increase. Opponents feared they’d be blamed for a Chicago tax increase.

04/08/2014

City Hall

Lawmakers Fear Blame For Chicago Pension Tax Hike

A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don’t directly approve it.

04/04/2014

Ald. Ed Burke (14th)

Emanuel Pension Plan Clears First Hurdle In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to reform two underfunded employee pension systems quickly took its first step toward approval in the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday.

04/02/2014

Illinois House Floor

Madigan’s Plan To Add Tax On Millionaires Advances In House

The day after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called for making Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent, a proposal to impose an additional tax on millionaires was sent to the House floor Thursday.

03/27/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Lawmakers OK Pension Reform Plan

The Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan Tuesday to eliminate the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall, a vote that proponents described as critical to repairing the state’s deeply troubled finances but that faces the immediate threat of a legal challenge from labor unions.

12/03/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Get Details Of Pension Reform Plan; Could Vote Tuesday

Illinois’ legislative leaders briefed other lawmakers Friday on details of a breakthrough agreement for solving the state’s $100 billion pension crisis, leaving them four days to study the plan before facing a vote that could be crucial for the state’s financial condition and their own re-election plans.

11/29/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Legislative Leaders Reach Deal On Pension Reform

After more than five months of work, Illinois’ legislative leaders announced Wednesday they’ve reached a deal to help solve the state’s $100 billion pension problem, considered the nation’s worst.

11/27/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Ill. Supreme Court To Hear Appeal On Lawmaker Pay Dispute

Gov. Pat Quinn’s appeal of a ruling that his veto of lawmakers’ pay was unconstitutional will be heard by the Illinois Supreme Court.

10/17/2013

James R. Thompson Center

Key Figure In Metra Scandal Gets Specially Crafted State Job

A key figure in last summer’s Metra transit scandal is now working for the state of Illinois in a recrafted job after a referral from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

10/16/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Hearing Today On Fight Over State Lawmakers’ Pay

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued after Gov. Pat Quinn used his veto power earlier this summer to cut money for legislators’ salaries from the state budget.

09/18/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford (CBS File Photo)

RTA Board Slams Metra Board’s Severance Deal For Former CEO

Regional Transportation Authority board member William Coulson said former Metra chair Brad O’Halloran and director Larry Huggins sparked a clash with former CEO Alex Clifford over political hires at the agency.

08/21/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmaker: Pension Reform Talks ‘Very Delicate,’ But Making Progress

A leading state lawmaker said a bipartisan pension reform committee has been making progress toward a deal, though not as quickly as they’d like.

WBBM Newsradio–08/20/2013

Illinois State Capitol

September Hearing Set On Dispute Over Lawmakers’ Salary

“This is going to be a landmark case,” said Gov. Pat Quinn, who used his veto power last month to block lawmakers’ salaries over their failure to reach an agreement on pension reform.

08/06/2013

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Ethics Panel To Investigate Madigan’s Metra Role

House Speaker Michael Madigan’s request to be investigated by the Legislative Ethics Commission is being granted.

07/26/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford testifies before the RTA Board about political patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Credit: CBS)

Former Metra CEO Calls Madigan’s Requests ‘Moral Character Flaw’

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford said Wednesday he does not believe House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws by requesting a pay raise for a political supporter, but believes it was “an ethical and moral character flaw.”

07/17/2013

Metra Train

Ex-Metra CEO To Testify About Madigan Patronage Claim

Ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford will testify to the Regional Transportation Authority about how House Speaker Michael Madigan asked him to raise the pay of a Madigan campaign worker and to hire another friend of the powerful Southwest Side Democrat.

07/16/2013

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