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?
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.
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.
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.