Developmentally Disabled Adults In Group Homes, Facilities See Allowance CutIn the first increase in two decades, lawmakers temporarily raised the allowance last year to $60, up from $50 for people in group homes and from $30 for residents of intermediate care facilities. Now, it's returning to the lower levels in place before the law, which granted the increase for fiscal year 2015 only.
Celebrations Begin Ahead Of Rauner InaugurationRauner’s inauguration ceremony was scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. He was set to take the oath of office along with Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Secretary of State Jesse White, Treasurer Mike Frerichs, and Comptroller Leslie Munger.
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?
Expert: Redistricting A Big Factor In Democrats' Wins In IllinoisA 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.
Emanuel Vows Full-Court Press On Pension ReformFaced 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.
Illinois Delegates Upbeat About Democratic ConventionOn this Labor Day, delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte are preparing for their sessions, which begin tomorrow.
Governor Won't Launch Pension Reform Push Until Next MonthGov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday his grassroots campaign on pension reform is going to have to wait a few weeks, despite his feelings of urgency.
Governor Calls Special Session To Deal With Pension ReformGov. 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.
Governor, Legislative Leaders Still Divided On Pension ReformGov. 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.
Chances For Pension Reform By Midnight Deadline Appear SlimThe chances of making major reforms to the state's public pension systems appear to be dead in Springfield, at least for now.
Madigan Drops Effort To Shift Teacher Pension Costs To Local DistrictsProspects 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.
Plan For Longer Yellow Lights At 'Photo Enforced' Intersections Stalls In HouseA 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.