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House Speaker Mike Madigan

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

If Lisa Madigan Runs For Governor, Will Her Dad Step Down As House Speaker?

As discussions swirl about who will run for governor next year, one big question is: should Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan choose to challenge Gov. Pat Quinn, will her father, House Speaker Mike Madigan, step down to avoid a possible conflict of interest?

CBS 2–01/24/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Expert: Redistricting A Big Factor In Democrats’ Wins In Illinois

A local political expert said Wednesday that Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s remap of the state’s voting districts proved to be very successful for the Democrats.

11/07/2012

City Hall

Emanuel Vows Full-Court Press On Pension Reform

Faced with an employee pension crisis that could become his biggest challenge, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he is putting his full force behind getting lawmakers in Springfield to achieve an overhaul of the state’s pension systems.

10/11/2012

The main stage in the Time Warner Cable Arena September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina as preparations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention continue. (Photo credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

Illinois Delegates Upbeat About Democratic Convention

On this Labor Day, delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte are preparing for their sessions, which begin tomorrow.

CBS Chicago–09/03/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Governor Won’t Launch Pension Reform Push Until Next Month

Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday his grassroots campaign on pension reform is going to have to wait a few weeks, despite his feelings of urgency.

CBS Chicago–08/21/2012

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

Illinois General Assembly

Chances For Pension Reform By Midnight Deadline Appear Slim

The chances of making major reforms to the state’s public pension systems appear to be dead in Springfield, at least for now.

CBS Chicago–05/31/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Madigan Drops Effort To Shift Teacher Pension Costs To Local Districts

Prospects for pension reform in Illinois improved measurably late Wednesday night, when House Speaker Mike Madigan dropped his proposal to make public schools and state universities pay retirement costs for their employees, rather than the state.

05/30/2012

An Illinois lawmaker wants to lengthen yellow lights at "photo enforced" intersections. (CBS)

Plan For Longer Yellow Lights At ‘Photo Enforced’ Intersections Stalls In House

A proposal to add an extra second to yellow lights at intersections with red light cameras has stalled in the Illinois House, and prospects for passage anytime soon appear unlikely.

CBS Chicago–05/17/2012

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

Richard M. Daley (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

BGA Blasts Pension Sweeteners For Daley, Aldermen

The Better Government Association is denouncing the latest examples of alleged government pension manipulation, uncovered by a Chicago Tribune investigation.

WBBM Newsradio–05/02/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel attend a forum to discuss financial issues facing city and state government, hosted by the Chicago Tribune. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel, Quinn Call For Major Pension Reform

At a forum hosted by the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn agreed the ticking time bomb of underfunded public employee pensions is threatening to explode – or implode, as the governor put it.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

State Rep. Derrick Smith.

Lawmakers Taking Steps That Could Oust Rep. Smith

The Illinois legislature is moving forward with an investigation of State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), a process that could potentially lead to his ouster from the General Assembly over his arrest on federal bribery charges.

CBS Chicago–03/22/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Conservative Group Presents Alternative State Budget Plan

A conservative think tank has proposed an alternative state budget that would cut wages for state employees by 10 percent; require retired workers to pay for their own health care premiums; and force local school districts to fund teacher pensions, instead of the state.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

The Exposition Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. (Photo Credit: Illinois Department of Agriculture)

Montana Gov. Joins Illinois Dems At State Fair

A voice from the West fired up Illinois Democrats on their day at the Illinois State Fair on Wednesday.

WBBM Newsradio–08/17/2011

Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford

Treasurer, Comptroller Back Down From Plan To Unify Offices

Illinois’ state treasurer and comptroller have given up, at least for now, on the idea of unifying their offices.

CBS Chicago–07/04/2011

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

Illinois State Capitol

Quinn’s School Consolidation Plan Finding Little Support

The ideas of saving state money by combining school districts and eliminating the regional offices of education seem to be on their way to the recycle bin, maybe in the section marked “Easier Said than Done.”

CBS Chicago–03/31/2011

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