Rep. Elaine Nekritz
A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don’t directly approve it.
Illinois lawmakers will consider landmark legislation to resolve the states $100 billion pension crisis Tuesday in Springfield. But, it won’t be an easy vote, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
A leading state lawmaker said a bipartisan pension reform committee has been making progress toward a deal, though not as quickly as they’d like.
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.
The Illinois House has approved a comprehensive pension-reform plan for the first time after years of talks.
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.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan sought Tuesday to tackle the pension crisis through a single piece of legislation that would require government employees and teachers to contribute more toward their retirement but receive fewer benefits in return.
A day after Gov. Pat Quinn upbraided lawmakers for inaction on the state’s multibillion-dollar pension mess, House members found a proposal they could get behind, backing a measure to limit the salary on which a public employee’s retirement benefits could be based.
Illinois lawmakers abruptly adjourned a lame-duck legislative session Tuesday without agreement on how to fix the nation’s most dire pension crisis, declining even to vote on the governor’s last-ditch effort to let an independent commission sort out the $96 billion mess.
A breakthrough measure to address Illinois’ $96 billion pension crisis progressed Monday in the Illinois House, but odds of a final deal before this week’s deadline grew slimmer as lawmakers left the Capitol without taking a floor vote.
An Illinois House panel is asking federal prosecutors for more information about the bribery charges against State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).
The Illinois legislature is moving forward with an investigation of State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), a process that could potentially lead to his ouster from the General Assembly over his arrest on federal bribery charges.
Illinois lawmakers have defeated a measure to allow private citizens to make audio recordings of police officers on the job.
When police misconduct is caught on tape, it’s a big deal, and there could much more taping going on in Illinois.
Plans to a prison and several mental health facilities in Illinois are getting a thumbs down from many lawmakers, but not some say such measures may be necessary.