Illinois legislature http://northernpublicradio.org en Roll Call And Reaction To Pension Overhaul Passage http://northernpublicradio.org/post/roll-call-and-reaction-pension-overhaul-passage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois lawmakers approved cuts to state employee pensions Tuesday. The move comes after years of stalemate over how to address the worst-funded pension plans of any state.</span></p><div>Democratic Governor Pat Quinn immediately declared victory and says he'll sign it into law, while labor unions promise a court challenge.&nbsp;</div><p></p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 00:49:52 +0000 WNIJ & Susan Stephens 39929 at http://northernpublicradio.org Roll Call And Reaction To Pension Overhaul Passage Pensions And Concealed Carry Part Of Springfield Schedule http://northernpublicradio.org/post/pensions-and-concealed-carry-part-springfield-schedule <p></p><p>The committee in charge of finding a pension solution for Illinois is scheduled to meet again Monday. The 10-member committee formed last month out of a special session on pensions. But will the threat of another deadline force them strike a deal? Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:02:02 +0000 WNIJ news 32579 at http://northernpublicradio.org Pensions And Concealed Carry Part Of Springfield Schedule Illinois Environmentalists And Gas Industry Agree On 'Fracking' Rules http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-environmentalists-and-gas-industry-agree-fracking-rules <p></p><p>Environmentalists and business groups have reached an agreement that paves the way for "fracking" in Illinois.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:46:13 +0000 Brian Mackey & WNIJ 25850 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Environmentalists And Gas Industry Agree On 'Fracking' Rules New Illinois General Assembly, Same Four Leaders http://northernpublicradio.org/post/new-illinois-general-assembly-same-four-leaders <p></p><p>Members of Illinois' 98th General Assembly were sworn in today in Springfield. There are a number of new faces -- but the four at the top remain the same.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 19:27:21 +0000 WNIJ 23800 at http://northernpublicradio.org New Illinois General Assembly, Same Four Leaders Both Sides Preparing For Same-Sex Marriage Fight In Illinois http://northernpublicradio.org/post/both-sides-preparing-same-sex-marriage-fight-illinois <p>Lobbying efforts are intensifying with a vote on legalizing same sex marriage looming next month at the Illinois Capitol. The rhetoric is coming from both sides of the issue. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:30:32 +0000 Sean Crawford 23043 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois smokers brace for a big hit in the wallet http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-smokers-brace-big-hit-wallet <p>Illinois smokers could soon see a huge increase in the cost of a pack of cigarettes. The Illinois House today approved a plan to more than double the tax on cigarettes, to $1.98 a pack. Other tobacco products would see a similar increase. Fri, 25 May 2012 22:35:13 +0000 Susan Stephens 12348 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois smokers brace for a big hit in the wallet Around Illinois -- May 14 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/around-illinois-may-14 <ul><li><strong><em>O&rsquo;Hare cargo deal to create thousands of jobs</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Will legislature adjourn on time?</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Student loan rate hike hits Illinois hard</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Police mark one year in search for boy</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Ponzi schemer must repay and do time</em></strong></li></ul><p> Mon, 14 May 2012 16:34:46 +0000 Victor Yehling 11672 at http://northernpublicradio.org Public retirees, students, city officials get capitol attention http://northernpublicradio.org/post/public-retirees-students-city-officials-get-capitol-attention <p>Three bills stand out among those receiving attention Wednesday in the Illinois Legislature.&nbsp; One has to do with health-insurance costs for state retirees.&nbsp; Another is in response to the comptroller scandal in Dixon.&nbsp; The third seeks to end the scandal-plagued legislative scholarship program.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 May 2012 12:04:18 +0000 Mike Moen 11113 at http://northernpublicradio.org Public retirees, students, city officials get capitol attention Illinois Lawmakers Go Back To Work http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-lawmakers-go-back-work <p>Budget issues are expected to top the agenda as Illinois lawmakers get ready for the spring session. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:28:16 +0000 Mike Moen 6242 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Lawmakers Go Back To Work