Election-Year Politics Dim Hopes Of Illinois Budget DealThe emails started arriving as heads were still spinning in the state Capitol over Democrats ramming through a state budget proposal. The missives from Republicans on Wednesday accused the majority party of approving a plan that's out of balance by $7 billion.
Illinois State Rep. Jack Franks Resigning To Seek McHenry County PostOutspoken Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks said Sunday that he will run for McHenry County board chairman instead of seeking re-election for the Illinois House where he's served since 1999, a decision fueled by the state's unprecedented budget impasse.
McHenry County Board Member Sees "Vendetta" Behind Pension ProbeMcHenry County Board members put the head of a municipal pension fund on the hot seat Thursday night, after he had warned they could lose their pensions if they qualify for them.
Pension Fund Investigating McHenry County Board MembersThe pension fund for municipal workers in Illinois has launched an investigation into whether McHenry County board members are qualified to receive the pension benefits for which they have enrolled.
Lawmaker Threatens To Punish College Of DuPage Over $750K Severance To PresidentA northwest suburban lawmaker was threatening to slash state funding for the College of DuPage, after its board of trustees agreed to a $762,868 severance package for the community college’s retiring president.
Lawmakers Debate Overhaul Of Lincoln Library & MuseumState lawmakers on Wednesday discussed the future of the Abraham Presidential Library and Museum, amid a proposal by House Speaker Michael Madigan to split it off from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Lawmaker Seeks 'Wholesale Change' At Metra After Latest ScandalA state lawmaker thinks the Metra chairman’s violation of a ban on outside government pay should be the last straw for the entire Metra board.
Quinn Bars Benefits To Ex-Transit Board Members Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that prevents transit board members from receiving taxpayer-funded health care and pension benefits after they leave the boards.
Madigan Asked Metra To Give Pay Raise To AssociatePowerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Thursday he asked senior staff at Metra to consider a pay raise for an associate who was employed at the commuter rail agency, but withdrew the recommendation after Metra's then-CEO expressed discomfort over it.
Legislators To Hold Hearing On Metra's Severance Deal For Ex-CEOAll 11 Metra Board members — as well as former Metra CEO Alex Clifford — are being asked to appear July 11 before a legislative committee delving into a hefty severance package that could reap Clifford nearly $750,000 over more than two years, lawmakers said Wednesday.
Lawmaker Wants To Stop Using Schools As Polling PlacesA state lawmaker wants Illinois to stop using schools as polling places on Election Day, but the idea doesn’t sit well with local election authorities.
Gov. Quinn’s Pension Monster, ‘Squeezy The Python,’ Derided As LameThe governor's web-based social media strategy hasn't been met with much enthusiasm, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

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