Rep. Tom Cross

Illinois House Floor

House Panel Votes To Strip Free Health Care From Retired State Workers

Illinois’ 78,000 state government retirees could lose their free health care benefits, under a measure headed to the full Illinois House for consideration.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2012

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

Illinois House Floor

Quinn’s Budget Address Draws Praise, Ire From Both Sides Of The Aisle

You didn’t have to be a Democrat to like Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget speech Wednesday, and you didn’t have to be a Republican to hate it.

CBS Chicago–02/22/2012

Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross (left), Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, (center) and anti-tax advocate Jim Tobin call for a repeal of the state's 2011 income tax hike, with a display of $1,000 in groceries to illustrate the estimated $1,000 a year the tax hike costs Illinois families. (Credit: CBS)

Republicans Slam Democrats On Anniversary Of Income Tax Hike

Marking the first anniversary of the income tax hike approved by Gov. Pat Quinn and the Democrat-controlled legislature, Republican lawmakers hammered Democrats over the tax increase, saying people don’t like it and it’s not working.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2012

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.

01/10/2012

Illinois House Floor

Lawmakers Pushing For Rollback Of Corporate Income Tax Hike

Illinois House Republicans – and even some House Democrats – want to roll back the state’s corporate income tax increase, but there’s no serious talk of also rolling back the personal income tax hike.

WBBM Newsradio–12/14/2011

Illinois House Floor

House Reaches Deal For Tax Breaks For Sears, CME

Illinois lawmakers will try again to pass a measure aimed at keeping two of the state’s largest companies from jumping ship.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Proposed Legislation Takes Aim At Pension Double Dippers

New proposed legislation aims to close the loopholes that have allowed some Chicago labor union leaders to collect massive public pensions.

CBS Chicago–10/12/2011

City Hall

Republican Lawmaker Targets Controversial Pension Perk

House Republican Leader Tom Cross said Thursday that he plans to push for legislation to repeal a 1991 law that allows union leaders from Chicago to reap inflated retirement benefits from ailing city pension funds.

CBS Chicago–09/22/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois GOP Pushing $500M Jobs Package

Illinois Republicans have filed a measure they say will create tens of thousands of jobs. They think it’s something Democrats can get behind as well.

WBBM Newsradio–09/19/2011

Community College

BGA Investigation: Community College Pensions ‘Run Amok’

They’ve been called the poster children for a system run amok. The Better Government Association has found retired community college teachers bringing in six-figure retirement checks – earning far more state money in retirement than they did on the job.

CBS 2–09/07/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois GOP Sues To Block New Legislative Map

Illinois Republican leaders have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s new legislative district map, which was drawn up entirely by Democratic lawmakers and approved by Gov. Pat Quinn.

CBS Chicago–07/20/2011

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Support Growing For Medical Marijuana In Illinois

Support is growing in Springfield for legalizing medical marijuana.

CBS Chicago–04/28/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Treasurer Encouraged By State Budget Talks

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Tuesday that he’s encouraged by the atmosphere around the Capitol this year as budget negotiations heat up.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2011

Chicago Bears Helmet

Ex-Bear Becker Backs Concussion Legislation

Former Chicago Bear Kurt Becker was in Springfield this week, testifying for legislation to promote education on concussions for teens and their parents.

CBS Chicago–02/23/2011

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