Illinois General Assembly
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.
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.
Opponents of legislation to legalize gay marriage in Illinois rallied Wednesday outside the state Capitol, one day after thousands held their own event to urge lawmakers to approve it.
Supporters of gay marriage in Illinois say now is the time for lawmakers to give it the okay, and headed to Springfield by the busload on Tuesday to deliver their message, but it remained unclear if there were enough votes in the House to send same-sex marriage legislation to the governor.
Illinois lawmakers will be back in Springfield tomorrow to start their fall veto session, and some issues important to Chicago officials could be among those high on the agenda, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for another push in the Illinois Legislature.
Gov. Pat Quinn’s appeal of a ruling that his veto of lawmakers’ pay was unconstitutional will be heard by the Illinois Supreme Court.
His predecessor, state Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego, stepped down to run for state treasurer. Cross held the position for a decade.
Illinois schools that teach sex education will be required to provide information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases — not just abstinence.
A federal judge has rejected a push by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public instead of waiting months for the state to outline the permitting process under its new concealed carry law.
Gov. Pat Quinn is trying to head off an override of the changes he made to the concealed carry legislation that passed in the Illinois House and Senate by wide margins, by launching a PR campaign ahead of Tuesday’s legislative session.
As the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and opened the door for California to resume same-sex marriages, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) called on the state legislature to “get its act together” and approve gay marriage in Illinois.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the Illinois General Assembly in two weeks, after the state’s credit rating was downgraded again over lawmakers’ failure to approve comprehensive pension reforms.
The Chicago Crime Commission has urged Gov. Pat Quinn to veto medical marijuana legislation approved by state lawmakers earlier this year.
The Chicago Republican Party is kicking off a new effort to attract candidates citywide, and part of it involves an “American Idol-style” vetting process.
Chicago’s top cop said Monday the concealed carry legislation approved by state lawmakers last week should have mandated more training before a person can carry a concealed fiream.