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Illinois State Capitol

Quinn, Lawmakers Plan Pension Talks Into July

Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers are working on a new plan to solve the state’s $97 billion pension crisis that involves forming a bipartisan committee and reconvening the Legislature again in July.

06/18/2013

Illinois House Floor

Governor, Legislative Leaders Still Can’t Agree On Pension Reform

A meeting between Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s four legislative leaders ended Friday afternoon without much progress towards pension reform, and it appears next week’s special session won’t bring a solution.

06/14/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Madigan Moves To Gut Cullerton’s Pension Reform Plan

House Speaker Michael Madigan has taken steps to replace Senate President John Cullerton’s pension reform plan with his own plan, even though the speaker’s plan was soundly defeated in the Senate last month.

CBS Chicago–06/12/2013

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House GOP Leader Accuses Dem Leaders Of ‘Tap Dance’ To Block Pension Reform

Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross said Wednesday that he believes there’s an ulterior motive behind the ongoing pension reform standoff between House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.

WBBM Newsradio–06/12/2013

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Lisa Madigan Still Undecided On Run For Governor

Illinois’ Attorney General says she hasn’t made her mind up yet about running for the job now held by Pat Quinn, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/11/2013

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Quinn Asks Madigan, Cullerton To Merge Pension Reform Plans

After meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn for more than an hour and a half, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton seemed friendly, but not much closer to resolving their differences over pension reform.

06/10/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Madigan Enlists Nekritz To Negotiate With Cullerton On Pensions

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan might not be in touch with Gov. Pat Quinn, but there might be some behind-the-scenes work ahead to resolve the state’s pension reform impasse before a special session of the General Assembly on June 19.

WBBM Newsradio–06/07/2013

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Topinka: Cullerton Pension Plan ‘A Pretty Good Compromise’

Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka threw her support behind Senate President John Cullerton’s pension plan on Tuesday, calling it the best bet for solving the state’s $100 billion pension crisis.

06/05/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Union Analysis: Senate Pension Reform Plan Saves More Than House Plan

A study by the We Are One Illinois coalition shows that if half of employees and retirees choose to forgo post-career health insurance as part of Senate President John Cullerton’s proposal, the state’s debt to two health insurance programs would be cut in half, by $26 billion.

05/30/2013

Illinois House Floor

State Lawmakers Move Forward With $53B Budget Plan

The Democrat-controlled Legislature began piecing together a new state budget Tuesday that avoids the steep cuts of recent years and also gave final approval to a historic expansion of Medicaid, as Republicans accused their colleagues across the aisle of having “an insatiable appetite to spend money we don’t have.”

05/29/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Ill. Senate Panel Advances Stricter Gun-Carry Bill

Majority Democrats on the committee drove the 10-6 vote in favor of the bill by Sen. Kwame Raoul Raoul said he doesn’t know how many votes he has on the floor or when he’ll call it.

05/28/2013

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House Passes Concealed Carry Plan Opposed By Senate Leader

Gun owners could carry concealed weapons in Illinois, the last state in the nation to prohibit it, under legislation that swept through the House Friday with the backing of the powerful Democratic speaker from Chicago, a city torn by violence despite what critics claim are the nation’s toughest firearms restrictions.

05/24/2013

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Concealed Carry Bill Moves To House Floor, But Senate Objects

A concealed-carry gun deal brokered by House Speaker Michael Madigan cleared a House committee Thursday, but its prospects were unclear across the Capitol in the Senate because of the way it would curb existing local gun laws.

05/23/2013

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Lang Steps Aside As Gambling Expansion Sponsor Over ‘Perceived Conflict’

The longtime backer of a push to expand gambling in Illinois has dropped his name from a pending bill over “perceived conflict of interest” with a law firm where he’s counsel.

05/22/2013

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Schools Worry About Covering Teacher Pension Costs

Public school administrators told lawmakers Thursday that some local districts would have to raise property taxes if legislators vote to have them cover the cost of teacher pensions.

05/10/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Senate Passes Union-Backed Pension Plan

The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to send a union-supported pension reform bill to the House, leaving lawmakers with two competing proposals for dealing with the nation’s worst state pension crisis just weeks before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn.

05/09/2013

Illinois State Capitol

House Passes Speaker Madigan’s Pension Reform Plan

The Illinois House has approved a comprehensive pension-reform plan for the first time after years of talks.

05/02/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Cullerton Touts Pension Deal With Unions As House Committee OKs Madigan Plan

Labor leaders threatened a lawsuit Wednesday over House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension-reform proposal to lower the retirement benefits of public employees in Illinois, but a committee advanced the plan anyway.

05/01/2013

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

House Speaker Madigan Proposes Pension Reform Plan

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan sought Tuesday to tackle the pension crisis through a single piece of legislation that would require government employees and teachers to contribute more toward their retirement but receive fewer benefits in return.

04/30/2013

Illinois House Floor

House Passes Pared-Down Pension Reform Plan

Illinois lawmakers from both parties celebrated a possible breakthrough Thursday in their struggle to solve the multibillion-dollar pension crisis after voting to reduce and delay cost-of-living increases in state employees’ retirement pay — a step the House Republican leader heralded as “the meat and potatoes of pension reform.”

03/21/2013

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