Bob Pritchard

Veto Session
4:39 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Should Illinois Lawmakers Wait For The New Governor?


Governor-elect Bruce Rauner met with the two top Democrats in the state legislature in Chicago yesterday. Once again he’s asking lawmakers to hold off on any major changes until he’s in office in January. Lawmakers are predictably split on that request heading into next week’s veto session.

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3:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Quinn Makes Minor Changes To State Budget

Credit state of Illinois

Illinois will have a budget in place when the state's new fiscal year begins Tuesday. The governor signed it into law Monday. He left much of the plan approved by Democratic legislators intact, with a couple of exceptions meant to play well with voters.

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6:17 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Bill Targets Illinois Charter School Commission

Bob Pritchard

Two northern Illinois lawmakers want to strip powers from a commission that deals with charter schools.

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6:22 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Illinois GOP Proposes Plan To Reduce College Costs

Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego
Credit Chelsey Fulbright / WNIJ

Illinois House Republicans are pushing a proposal that aims to reduce higher education costs for middle-class students.

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Gay Marriage
6:19 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Sorting Out The Impact Of The Gay Marriage Rulings

Rep. Bob Pritchard (left) Geoffrey Decker (right)
Credit, LinkedIn

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Illinois say Wednesday’s Supreme Court rulings bolster their cause. But the court’s action doesn’t appear to be an immediate impact on the state.

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7:06 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Pension Overhaul Remains Up In The Air

State Representative Bob Prtichard

A proposed overhaul cleared a House committee Monday. But the full House adjourned for the day without taking action. Observers say legislative leaders are trying to round up of enough votes for the bill to pass.

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State of the University
10:10 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Reaction To NIU President's Planned Exit

Northern Illinois University’s long-time president is stepping down at the end of the academic year. John Peters made the announcement at his annual State of the University address Thursday. 

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