Government and Legislature

Tensions mount in Illinois House over pensions

May 30, 2012

The Illinois House is divided over a measure that would bring major changes to the state's pension system. The plan was approved by a committee on Tuesday. But it ignited a tense debate on the House floor. 

Cigarette tax hike goes to governor

May 30, 2012

Illinois smokers should prepare to spend more money on cigarettes. The proposed dollar-a-pack increase cleared its final legislative hurdle Tuesday. Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the measure.

Sweeping pension changes go to the House floor

May 29, 2012

State and university employees and public school teachers will have to accept lower cost-of-living adjustments in retirement or see future pay increases not count toward pensions under  sweeping changes to the state pension system approved this morning by an Illinois House committee

  • House committee considers university cuts
  • Detention center opponents continue struggle
  • Kirk’s ex-wife files election funding complaint

There are growing warnings on Capitol Hill that the nation could be rolling toward an end-of-the-year fiscal train wreck.

"The looming tax hike will be absolutely devastating," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.

"You can call this a fiscal cliff. You can call it 'Taxmageddon' as others have done. Whatever you call it, it will be a disaster for the middle class," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, added.

And Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., said: "It's a tsunami; there's no question about it, and it's coming."

Extended cell-phone restriction sent to governor

May 29, 2012

Illinois drivers could soon be banned from talking on cell phones while going through an emergency zone. State lawmakers sent the measure to the governor Monday. 

  • A different memorial for holiday weekend
  • Illinois Senate approves strip club fee
  • Gambling backers looking for support
  • Bag recycling bill will need recycling

General Assembly Approves Massive Medicaid Cuts

May 25, 2012

The General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved steep cuts to Medicaid, Illinois' system of health care for the poor.   Backers of the cuts say they are a long-overdue correction for a program that has grown out of control.

A former prosecutor gives the outgoing U.S. Attorney for northern Illinois high marks for his relationship with local law enforcement. 

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  • Sand pit meeting reviews issues and obstacles
  • Roadwork affects Illinois 2 in Ogle County