Rep. Tom Cross

Democratic state Sen. Michael Frerichs (left) defeated Republican state Rep. Tom Cross (right) in the 2014 race for Illinois State Treasurer. (Photos supplied to CBS)

Cross Concedes Treasurer’s Race To Frerichs

Cross released a statement Wednesday saying he called and congratulated Frerichs, a state senator from Champaign.

11/19/2014

Ballots

With Treasurer’s Race Tightening, Cross Campaign Claims Possible Vote Fraud

A week after Election Day, the race for Illinois State Treasurer is growing extremely tight, with the two leading candidates separated by just a few hundred votes. Now, charges of vote fraud have started to fly.

11/11/2014

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

Illinois State Rep. Jim Durkin (Credit: Facebook)

Durkin Officially Takes Over As Illinois House GOP Leader

His predecessor, state Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego, stepped down to run for state treasurer. Cross held the position for a decade.

09/23/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Hearing Today On Fight Over State Lawmakers’ Pay

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued after Gov. Pat Quinn used his veto power earlier this summer to cut money for legislators’ salaries from the state budget.

09/18/2013

Illinois State Rep. Jim Durkin (Credit: Facebook)

Rep. Durkin New Leader Of Illinois House Republicans

The Western Springs lawmaker was elected Thursday afternoon in Springfield. Rep. Jim Durkin’s challenger had been state Rep. Raymond Poe of Springfield.

08/29/2013

Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross (Credit: CBS)

House GOP Leader Cross Stepping Down To Run For Treasurer

The representative from Oswego is informing House Republicans of his future plans Wednesday morning in a call.

08/21/2013

Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross (Credit: CBS)

House GOP Leader Accuses Dem Leaders Of ‘Tap Dance’ To Block Pension Reform

Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross said Wednesday that he believes there’s an ulterior motive behind the ongoing pension reform standoff between House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.

WBBM Newsradio–06/12/2013

Illinois House Floor

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

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 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

Illinois State Capitol

Quinn Rejects Union Pension Plan, Cross Urges More Special Sessions If No Deal Friday

As he prepared for the special legislative session he called for this Friday in Springfield, Gov. Pat Quinn was shooting down a pension reform proposal being pitched by the state’s labor unions.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Governor Calls Special Session To Deal With Pension Reform

Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the Illinois General Assembly next month in an effort to finally reach a consensus on pension reform.

07/30/2012

James R. Thompson Center

Governor, Legislative Leaders Still Divided On Pension Reform

Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s four legislative leaders remained split on how to fix the state’s severely underfunded public pension systems, though the governor did signal a shift in philosophy regarding teacher pensions.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2012

Illinois General Assembly

Chances For Pension Reform By Midnight Deadline Appear Slim

The chances of making major reforms to the state’s public pension systems appear to be dead in Springfield, at least for now.

CBS Chicago–05/31/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Emanuel Pushes Pension Reform In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel went to Springfield on Tuesday to speak to state lawmakers about the need for pension reform at the city and state levels.

CBS Chicago–05/08/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Senate Panel Shoots Down Bill Aimed At Pension Reform

Illinois officials have been emphasizing for months that changes must be made to the state pension system to deal with myriad financial problems, but sometimes, reform is easier said than done.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2012

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