Rauner Signs Bill Giving DUI Violators Another ChanceOffenders with four or more drunken driving convictions will be able to get a restricted driving permit if they prove they are alcohol and drug free for at least three years under legislation signed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Preckwinkle Wants To Stop Automatically Sending Juveniles To Adult CourtIllinois judges used to decide whether a young suspect was tried as an adult or a juvenile. Preckwinkle wants to undo a 1982 change in state law which makes transfers for some felony charges automatic – for example, in cases of rape or murder.
Madigan To Appeal Pension Law Ruling To Supreme Court "Shortly"Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she expects the state's highest court could take up the state's landmark pension overhaul plan by the end of January, now that a lower court judge has ruled it unconstitutional.
Lawmakers To Try Again After Budget Fails In HouseHouse 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."
Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois LawAn Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising their judgment and makes it more likely that those who are convicted will commit violent crimes in the future, according to a study due out Tuesday.
Lawmakers Fear Blame For Chicago Pension Tax HikeA fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don't directly approve it.
Lawmakers To Consider Pension Deal TuesdayIllinois lawmakers will consider landmark legislation to resolve the states $100 billion pension crisis Tuesday in Springfield. But, it won’t be an easy vote, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Lawmaker: Pension Reform Talks 'Very Delicate,' But Making ProgressA leading state lawmaker said a bipartisan pension reform committee has been making progress toward a deal, though not as quickly as they'd like.
Madigan Enlists Nekritz To Negotiate With Cullerton On PensionsIllinois House Speaker Michael Madigan might not be in touch with Gov. Pat Quinn, but there might be some behind-the-scenes work ahead to resolve the state’s pension reform impasse before a special session of the General Assembly on June 19.
House Passes Speaker Madigan's Pension Reform PlanThe Illinois House has approved a comprehensive pension-reform plan for the first time after years of talks.
Cullerton Touts Pension Deal With Unions As House Committee OKs Madigan PlanLabor 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.
House Speaker Madigan Proposes Pension Reform PlanIllinois 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.
Illinois Pension Cap Survives House Test VoteA 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.
Illinois House Ends Current Session With No Vote On Pension ReformIllinois 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.
House Committee Backs Pension Reform Plan, But No Floor Vote YetA 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.