Governor Pat Quinn initially said a campaign dealing with public employee pensions would begin in August. Illinois owes $83 billion more in pensions than there is money available. That debt has prompted widespread calls for cuts to state employees' and teachers' benefits.
A key Illinois lawmaker says it still appears the state will partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange. But Democratic Representative Frank Mautino of Spring Valley says the goal is to make it a one-year partnership. Under the nation's health-care law, states can either run their own exchange, or get assistance from Washington. The exchanges are required to be up and running by 2014.
It appears Democratic leaders in Springfield will seek legislative approval for a Medicaid expansion under the nation's health care law. But a northern Illinois Republican says GOP lawmakers will put up a fight.