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Rep. Elaine Nekritz

Illinois House Of Representatives

Lawmakers To Try Again After Budget Fails In House

House Speaker Michael Madigan said Friday that lawmakers will try again to draft a 2015 budget after the House overwhelmingly rejected a $34.5 billion budget that would have made deep cuts to schools and social services next year in a vote one Republican critic called “all theater.”

05/23/2014

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Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law

An Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising their judgment and makes it more likely that those who are convicted will commit violent crimes in the future, according to a study due out Tuesday.

04/22/2014

City Hall

Lawmakers Fear Blame For Chicago Pension Tax Hike

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.

04/04/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Lawmakers To Consider Pension Deal Tuesday

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.

12/02/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmaker: Pension Reform Talks ‘Very Delicate,’ But Making Progress

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.

WBBM Newsradio–08/20/2013

Illinois State Capitol

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

Illinois State Capitol

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

Illinois House Of Representatives

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

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

House Speaker Madigan Proposes Pension Reform Plan

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.

04/30/2013

Illinois House Floor

Illinois Pension Cap Survives House Test Vote

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.

03/08/2013

Illinois House Floor

Illinois House Ends Current Session With No Vote On Pension Reform

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.

01/08/2013

Illinois State Capitol

House Committee Backs Pension Reform Plan, But No Floor Vote Yet

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.

01/07/2013

State Rep. Derrick Smith.

Panel Asks Feds For More Details On Bribery Case Against Rep. Smith

An Illinois House panel is asking federal prosecutors for more information about the bribery charges against State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012

State Rep. Derrick Smith.

Lawmakers Taking Steps That Could Oust Rep. Smith

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.

CBS Chicago–03/22/2012

Illinois House Floor

House Shoots Down Bill To Allow Recording Of Police Officers

Illinois lawmakers have defeated a measure to allow private citizens to make audio recordings of police officers on the job.

CBS Chicago–03/22/2012

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Move Advances To Lift Ban On Recording Police Officers

When police misconduct is caught on tape, it’s a big deal, and there could much more taping going on in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–02/09/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Rep. Says Some Facilities Need To Close

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.

CBS Chicago–11/10/2011