Lawmakers Discuss Gun Control At Hearing In ChicagoThe meeting comes on the heels of a legal victory for gun rights supporters who want the state to lift its ban on concealed carry of handguns.
Report: Many Lawmakers Played Favorites With Legislative ScholarshipsIf you had any doubts state lawmakers played favorites when awarding free state college scholarships over the years, doubt no more.
Governor Won't Launch Pension Reform Push Until Next MonthGov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday his grassroots campaign on pension reform is going to have to wait a few weeks, despite his feelings of urgency.
State Worker Retirements Surging Amid Pension Reform TalkWith state lawmakers trying to hash out comprehensive pension reform by the end of the year, Illinois state workers are retiring in record numbers to make sure they preserve their existing benefits.
Walter's Perspective: No Sympathy For Lawmakers' Special SessionOMG, have you heard about it? Gov. Pat Quinn is calling the General Assembly into special session to work on the pension crisis in Illinois.
Illinois Senate Rejects Anti-Bullying Measure Amid Religious ObjectionsLawmakers failed to pass an enhanced anti-bullying law due to some members’ religious concerns.
Quinn: Lawmakers Must 'Show Some Fortitude' On Pension, Medicaid ReformGov. Pat Quinn was back in Springfield Tuesday night, dealing with the state’s pension and Medicaid problems. He said lawmakers must "show some fortitude" and come up with major pension and Medicaid reforms this spring.
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.
Lawmakers Push For Financial Impact Data On All Proposed LegislationIllinois state government might be teetering financially, but our lawmakers continue to spend billions of dollars by passing legislation they sometimes might not even understand.
Walter's Perspective: Lawmakers Selling Us OutThe best news I saw during the holiday weekend was about members of our Illinois General Assembly in Springfield being caught by the Better Government Association – selling themselves to the ComEd and Ameren power companies.
Arbitrator Rules Against Quinn's Plan For Layoffs, ClosuresAn arbitrator has ruled that Gov. Pat Quinn may not lay off more than 1,900 state employees and close seven state facilities, because the move would violate a deal with a state labor union.
State Lawmakers Head To Cuba To Plan For Post-Embargo TradeTwo Illinois lawmakers are heading for Cuba, in an effort to ensure Illinois is first in line when trade resumes with the island nation, which has been under a trade embargo since 1962.
Some State Lawmakers Argue Against Unpaid Furlough DaysIllinois lawmakers believe in shared sacrifice in these difficult financial times – most of them, anyway.
Ill. Lawmakers Want Contractors To Pledge To Stay HereWith many states trying to lure away Illinois businesses in the wake of a state income tax hike, Illinois lawmakers are moving to force companies that work for Illinois government to promise not to move out of the state.
Business Owners Decry Tax Hike PlanSome local businesses were warning of potential cutbacks and layoffs – perhaps even moving out of state – in light of a looming income tax hike in Illinois.