Rauner, GOP Lawmakers Propose State Takeover Of Chicago Public SchoolsIllinois Republicans insisted they’re throwing the Chicago Public Schools a “lifeline” with legislation that would allow a state takeover of the schools, and allow the district to seek bankruptcy protection to restructure its massive debt.
Illinois Democrats Content To Wait For Rauner ProposalsHouse and Senate Democrats will seek to protect their own interests and constituencies in eventual negotiations with Rauner. While he speaks of the need for steep budget cuts, they'll likely seek to protect social services, state workers and Medicaid recipients.
Governor: Extending Income Tax Hike Could Help City PensionsMunicipalities statewide have pushed for legislative help for underfunded pensions. Mayors say costs have risen, pension obligations are crowding out spending for other services and raising property taxes may be the answer. Quinn's against raising property taxes.
Proposed Teen Tanning Ban Still Waiting For Action From QuinnDonna Moncivaiz, who suffers from late-stage melanoma, is among the most vocal supporters of pending legislation that would ban indoor tanning in Illinois for anyone younger than 18.
Governor, Legislative Leaders Still Can't Agree On Pension ReformA meeting between Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s four legislative leaders ended Friday afternoon without much progress towards pension reform, and it appears next week’s special session won’t bring a solution.
Lawmakers Approve Required Birth Control Lessons In Sex Ed ClassesState lawmakers have passed legislation that would mandate schools that teach sex education in Illinois also would have to give students information about birth control.
GOP: Quinn Has Been Too Slow To Purge Medicaid Rolls Of CheatersTop Springfield Republicans are telling Gov. Pat Quinn that he has been too slow purging Medicaid rolls of cheaters.
Governor, Legislative Leaders Still Divided On Pension ReformGov. 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.
Madigan Drops Effort To Shift Teacher Pension Costs To Local DistrictsProspects for pension reform in Illinois improved measurably late Wednesday night, when House Speaker Mike Madigan dropped his proposal to make public schools and state universities pay retirement costs for their employees, rather than the state.
GOP Leader: Dems Blocking Effort To End Controversial Scholarship ProgramThe state's controversial legislative scholarship program -- which allows lawmakers to provide free tuition to state universities to students in their districts -- is still alive, despite several attempts to end it. And a top Republican lawmaker says Senate Democratic leaders won't let efforts to repeal the program come up for a vote.
Quinn's Budget Address Draws Praise, Ire From Both Sides Of The AisleYou 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.
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.