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Lawmakers Get Details Of Pension Reform Plan; Could Vote Tuesday

Illinois’ legislative leaders briefed other lawmakers Friday on details of a breakthrough agreement for solving the state’s $100 billion pension crisis, leaving them four days to study the plan before facing a vote that could be crucial for the state’s financial condition and their own re-election plans.

11/29/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Appeals Court Denies Quinn’s Latest Bid To Block Lawmakers’ Pay

Gov. Pat Quinn lost another round in his bid to block lawmakers’ paychecks until they send him a pension reform plan, when the Illinois Appellate Court denied his request to stop legislators from getting paid.

09/27/2013

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

Judge: Quinn Has To Pay Lawmakers

A Cook County judge has ruled that Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to halt lawmaker pay over the pension crisis is unconstitutional and has ordered Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to pay them immediately.

09/26/2013

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

Quinn Pleased With ‘Positive’ Framework From Pension Committee

Gov. Pat Quinn appears happy about the progress state lawmakers have been making on pension reforms.

08/26/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Topinka Won’t Pay Lawmakers’ Salaries, But Slams Quinn Veto As ‘Blackmail’

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she has no choice but to withhold lawmakers’ paychecks, citing a precedent-setting court case that bars her from paying state employees without a budget appropriation or court order.

07/25/2013

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

Quinn Suspends Lawmakers’ Pay Over Pension Stalemate

Seeking to pressure lawmakers into acting on comprehensive pension reform, Gov. Pat Quinn used his budgetary veto powers on Wednesday to suspend legislative salaries until they come up with a plan.

07/10/2013

A customer purchases an AK-47 style rifle for about $1200 at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Homewood, Hazel Crest Eye Ban On Assault Weapons

As state lawmakers decide Tuesday whether to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of the concealed-carry law, two Southland towns are set to vote Tuesday night on ordinances that would prohibit assault weapons within their borders, the Southtown Star reports.

07/09/2013

File Photo Of Glock Handgun. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Governor Seeks Public Pressure To Keep Changes To Concealed Carry Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn is trying to head off an override of the changes he made to the concealed carry legislation that passed in the Illinois House and Senate by wide margins, by launching a PR campaign ahead of Tuesday’s legislative session.

07/05/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Quinn, Lawmakers Plan Pension Talks Into July

Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers are working on a new plan to solve the state’s $97 billion pension crisis that involves forming a bipartisan committee and reconvening the Legislature again in July.

06/18/2013

Condoms

Lawmakers Approve Required Birth Control Lessons In Sex Ed Classes

State lawmakers have passed legislation that would mandate schools that teach sex education in Illinois also would have to give students information about birth control.

WBBM Newsradio–05/23/2013

Gun control activists wear NRA pistol targets in a protest demanding Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan take the state's ban on carrying concealed weapons to the U.S. Supreme Court. A federal appeals court struck down the ban last year, and gave lawmakers until June 9 to come up with a new concealed carry law. (Credit: CBS)

Protesters Urge Madigan To Take Concealed Carry Case To Supreme Court

Activists staged a protest Thursday over Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s decision to wait until the legislature follows a court order and passes a new concealed carry law, rather than appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Budget Expert: Lawmakers’ Refusal Of Pension Benefits ‘Irrelevant’ To Pension Crisis

Several state lawmakers have opted out of their legislative pensions, while the state continues to struggle with a massive pension debt, but a local budget policy group said the lawmakers’ actions are neither effective, nor relevant.

WBBM Newsradio–02/12/2013

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

A group of six African-American ministers urged state lawmakers to reject legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois on Jan. 7, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

State Senator: Ministers’ Vow Of Backlash For Gay Marriage Vote An ‘Empty Threat’

A coalition of West Side ministers was urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, but at least one lawmaker said the ministers’ threat of political backlash against lawmakers who vote for gay marriage was nothing but an “empty threat.”

WBBM Newsradio–01/07/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn: ‘High Noon’ Coming For State’s Pension Mess

Gov. Pat Quinn says, when state lawmakers go back to Springfield for their final session before the new legislature takes over, addressing the pension mess has to be their top priority.

CBS Chicago–12/28/2012

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

State House Expels Rep. Derrick Smith

The Illinois House of Representatives has voted to expel state Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).

CBS Chicago–08/17/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to the City Club of Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Urges Business Leaders To Help Push For Medicaid, Pension Reforms

Gov. Pat Quinn is enlisting the support of Chicago’s business community to sell his Medicaid and pension reform plans to state lawmakers before the Legislature adjourns at the end of this month.

CBS Chicago–05/14/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Propose Measure To Eliminate Redundant, Outdated Laws

Some Illinois lawmakers say it’s time for some spring cleaning when it comes to the state’s laws.

CBS Chicago–04/16/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Public Universities Begin Push For State Funding For Next Year

State university officials have begun their annual trek to Springfield, testifying before panels of House and Senate lawmakers about what their financial needs will be for the upcoming fiscal year.

CBS Chicago–03/04/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Announcing Retirement Plans Amid Major Political Battles

It’s not unusual for lawmakers to announce they won’t seek re-election in a redistricting year, but a Springfield political expert says that will present challenges this time around.

WBBM Newsradio–11/01/2011

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