John Cullerton


Madigan in Tense Stand Off With Press After Foiled Attempt to Avoid Questions

CHICAGO (CBS) — What happens when the most powerful and secretive man in Springfield attempts to avoid a scrum of reporters and fails? Speaker of the House Michael Madigan and his handlers tried to inconspicuously […]


State Senate President John Cullerton

Cullerton: Illinois Pension Problem Not ‘Crisis’

With lawmakers preparing to return to Springfield this week to address the state’s most pressing issues, Senate President John Cullerton is suggesting the $97 billion Illinois pension shortfall isn’t as dire as other top leaders contend.


Illinois State Capitol

Madigan, Cullerton File Lawsuit Over Halted Pay

The leaders of the Illinois House and Senate are filing a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn’s halting of lawmaker pay over the state’s pension gridlock.


Illinois State Capitol

Ill. Legislature Agrees To Form Committee To Solve Pension Crisis

CBS 2’s Chief Correspondent Jay Levine takes a look at what the 10 member conference committee appointed today hopes to accomplish.


Illinois State Capitol

Expert: Cullerton, Madigan Can’t Afford To Back Down In Pension Crisis

It’s a big week in Springfield, with lawmakers preparing for a special session on pension reform this Wednesday. It’s likely to be a tense day, with two of the state’s most powerful legislators trying to protect their reputations, reports WBBM’s John Waelti.


State Senate President John Cullerton

Cullerton: Candidates For Governor Should Be Honest About Income Tax

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says it’s time to honestly face the future…about a tax cut that lies ahead, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Quinn To Meet With Madigan, Cullerton On Monday

Governor Quinn has finally connected with House Speaker Mike Madigan to discuss pensions…and WBBM’s Bob Roberts reports that he’s hoping for more progress next week.


Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Calls Out Legislative Leaders Over Pension Inaction

Gov. Pat Quinn has called out the state’s top two Democratic legislative leaders over the General Assembly’s inaction on pension reform.


Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Meets With Legislative Leaders Over Pension Reform, But No Deal

Saturday, Governor Pat Quinn and all four legislative leaders met behind closed doors to try and finally hammer out a pension reform deal.


State Senate Panel OKs Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

The Senate Executive Committee voted 12-2 to advance the plan.


Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Illinois Republicans: Dem Majority Got Labor ‘Payoff’ To Block Pension Reform

Just follow the money, GOP state chairman Pat Brady tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.


Garritt Cullerton.

Son Of Senate President John Cullerton Allegedly Threatened Bouncer

The son of Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is in trouble again, charged with threatening a bouncer at a Wicker Park neighborhood bar on Sunday night.


Poker Chips. (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Senate Leader Wants To Legalize Online Poker

According to a report, Senate President John Cullerton discussed the idea of making Illinois an Internet gambling hub, suggesting the state could organize a major online poker game and gain worldwide popularity.

670 The Score–05/16/2012

State Senate President John Cullerton

Cullerton Does About-Face, Calls For Abolishing Legislative Scholarships

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) has done an about face, and now recommends abolishing state scholarships awarded by state lawmakers.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Gov. Quinn: Fix Pensions ‘Once And For All’

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn pledged Tuesday to reform the public employee pension system “once and for all” this spring.


State Senate President John Cullerton

Cullerton Calls For Debt Restructuring For State’s Unpaid Bills

State revenues have increased this fiscal year, but there are still billions of dollars in backlogged bills to contend with.

WBBM Newsradio–01/06/2012

State Senate President John Cullerton

Cullerton Hopes To Tackle State’s Pension Liabilities

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) wants to tackle the state’s largest financial burden – unfunded pension liabilities – during the upcoming spring legislative session.

WBBM Newsradio–01/04/2012

Driver On Cell Phone

Lawmaker In Report: Don’t Expect Statewide Cell Phone Ban Anytime Soon

A statewide ban on cell phone use while driving could change your commute forever, but state Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says it won’t be happening yet.

CBS Chicago–01/04/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Lawmakers’ Final Veto Session Mostly Lands With A Thud

In the one-day return to Springfield for the Illinois General Assembly, the only big accomplishment was the seemingly minor shift of money to keep seven state facilities alive for the last seven months of the fiscal year.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2011

Casino Gambling

Quinn Stands By Opposition To Gambling Plan

Gov. Pat Quinn said Saturday that he won’t sign off on a gambling expansion bill until lawmakers “get it right.”

WBBM Newsradio–11/13/2011