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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

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House Republicans Unveil Plan For New Tax Breaks For College

The House Republicans’ plan would create a new tax credit for families who earn less than $150,000 a year and send their kids to accredited Illinois schools, as well as a new tax deduction for using college savings programs.

06/13/2013

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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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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

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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

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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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Senate Passes Ban On Handheld Cell Phones While Driving

The proposal says drivers must use hands-free devices or speakerphone features.

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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Lawmakers Debate Lowering Mandatory School Age From 7 To 6

The Illinois Senate has passed a measure that would require parents to send their kids to school before their 7th birthday, in a vote that broke down along party lines.

05/22/2013

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Illinois House Committee OKs Fracking Regulation Proposal

A proposal that aims to create thousands of jobs in southern Illinois by kick-starting high-volume oil and gas drilling cleared a top committee Tuesday, sending it on to the House floor.

05/21/2013

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Religious Opponents Continue Campaign Against Same-Sex Marriage

About 200 ministers and others gathered in the south suburbs on Tuesday, day calling on the Illinois House to say “no” to legislation to legalize same-sex marriages.

05/14/2013

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IDOT Secretary Urges Lawmakers To Reject 70 MPH Highway Speed Limit

The state’s top transportation official would like to slow momentum for a move to increase the top speed limit in Illinois.

WBBM Newsradio–05/14/2013

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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

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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

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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

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Tempers Flare In Illinois House During Concealed Carry Debate

The difficulty over how lawmakers will craft a law allowing public possession of guns in Illinois has been clearly demonstrated on the House floor.

04/17/2013

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Illinois House OKs Medical Marijuana Legislation

The Illinois House Wednesday approved a measure to allow physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific terminal illnesses or debilitating medical conditions.

04/17/2013

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Group Of Illinois Doctors Backs Medical Marijuana Legislation

Illinois lawmakers could vote on legislation to legalize medical marijuana this week, and a group of 250 doctors has urged them to support the measure.

04/16/2013

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State Lawmaker Ready To Seek House Vote On Medical Marijuana Legislation

The sponsor of legislation that would allow medical marijuana use in Illinois said Tuesday he’ll push for a vote on the measure when lawmakers return to Springfield early next month.

WBBM Newsradio–03/26/2013

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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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