Illinois legislature

Senate Bill 1
6:49 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Roll Call And Reaction To Pension Overhaul Passage

House Speaker Mike Madigan, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin
Credit Amanda Vinicky / IPR

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.

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn immediately declared victory and says he'll sign it into law, while labor unions promise a court challenge. 

Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey reports on Tuesday's pension vote

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Government
7:02 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Pensions And Concealed Carry Part Of Springfield Schedule

Credit Illinois.gov

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?

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HB2615
4:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Illinois Environmentalists And Gas Industry Agree On 'Fracking' Rules

Representative John Bradley of Marion, announces an agreement to regulate the oil and gas extraction process known as “fracking.” Business groups and environmentalists stand behind him in support of the proposal.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Environmentalists and business groups have reached an agreement that paves the way for "fracking" in Illinois. 

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98th General Assembly
1:27 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

New Illinois General Assembly, Same Four Leaders

New Illinois House members are sworn in during ceremonies in Springfield.
Credit Amanda Vinicky / Illinois Public Radio

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. 

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Government
7:30 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Both Sides Preparing For Same-Sex Marriage Fight In Illinois

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.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Illinois smokers brace for a big hit in the wallet

WNIJ

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.

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Illinois
11:34 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Around Illinois -- May 14

  • O’Hare cargo deal to create thousands of jobs
  • Will legislature adjourn on time?
  • Student loan rate hike hits Illinois hard
  • Police mark one year in search for boy
  • Ponzi schemer must repay and do time

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Government
7:04 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Public retirees, students, city officials get capitol attention

Three bills stand out among those receiving attention Wednesday in the Illinois Legislature.  One has to do with health-insurance costs for state retirees.  Another is in response to the comptroller scandal in Dixon.  The third seeks to end the scandal-plagued legislative scholarship program. 

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Government
11:28 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Illinois Lawmakers Go Back To Work

Budget issues are expected to top the agenda as Illinois lawmakers get ready for the spring session.

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