Cross Concedes Treasurer's Race To FrerichsCross released a statement Wednesday saying he called and congratulated Frerichs, a state senator from Champaign.
With Treasurer's Race Tightening, Cross Campaign Claims Possible Vote FraudA week after Election Day, the race for Illinois State Treasurer is growing extremely tight, with the two leading candidates separated by just a few hundred votes. Now, charges of vote fraud have started to fly.
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."
Durkin Officially Takes Over As Illinois House GOP LeaderHis predecessor, state Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego, stepped down to run for state treasurer. Cross held the position for a decade.
Hearing Today On Fight Over State Lawmakers' PayHouse Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued after Gov. Pat Quinn used his veto power earlier this summer to cut money for legislators' salaries from the state budget.
Rep. Durkin New Leader Of Illinois House RepublicansThe Western Springs lawmaker was elected Thursday afternoon in Springfield. Rep. Jim Durkin's challenger had been state Rep. Raymond Poe of Springfield.
House GOP Leader Cross Stepping Down To Run For TreasurerThe representative from Oswego is informing House Republicans of his future plans Wednesday morning in a call.
House GOP Leader Accuses Dem Leaders Of 'Tap Dance' To Block Pension ReformIllinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross said Wednesday that he believes there’s an ulterior motive behind the ongoing pension reform standoff between House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.
State Lawmakers Move Forward With $53B Budget PlanThe Democrat-controlled Legislature began piecing together a new state budget Tuesday that avoids the steep cuts of recent years and also gave final approval to a historic expansion of Medicaid, as Republicans accused their colleagues across the aisle of having "an insatiable appetite to spend money we don't have."
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.
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.
Quinn Rejects Union Pension Plan, Cross Urges More Special Sessions If No Deal FridayAs he prepared for the special legislative session he called for this Friday in Springfield, Gov. Pat Quinn was shooting down a pension reform proposal being pitched by the state’s labor unions.