Illinois

Government
7:39 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Research is the next step in pension reform quest

Illinois officials will gather financial information from the state’s more than 800 school districts over the next two weeks to understand how shifting pension costs away from the state would affect those districts.

“The more facts we could gather regarding what the impact would be on school districts,” Gov. Pat Quinn said, “it would be very important facts we should know.”

The governor initially supported shifting the cost of future pensions for downstate teachers and university workers to school districts and universities but backed away as the legislative session waned.

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Government
6:09 am
Wed June 6, 2012

An Illinois recall would come with many hurdles

The recall election which Wisconsin's Republican governor survived Tuesday is a rare occurrence in the United States. Not even half the states have such a process.

Illinois only recently approved procedures to recall a sitting governor, but observers say it wouldn't be easy to do. 

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Government
6:05 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Illinois tax revenue up 7.9% over last May

An increase was expected. But the revenue manager for the state's forecasting commission says income and sales taxes are exceeding expectations.

Jim Muschinske says it's too early to detect what's behind the 7.9 percent increase last month over May 2011 in revenues from personal income taxes.

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Government
6:47 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Lisa Madigan calls same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
lisamadigan.org

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the state's current prohibition against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The Democrat is throwing her weight behind a pair of lawsuits in Cook County court that are challenging the state's marriage laws. She says she personally supports gay marriage.

I don't believe that the current law that prohibits gays and lesbians from being able to marry in the state of Illinois - uh, meets - uh, equal protection," she said.

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Government
5:36 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Pension bill stalls, gambling expansion passes as session ends

Illinois lawmakers have wrapped up their spring session. But they left some work on the table. 

The General Assembly did send the governor a budget. But Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, says it contains "gimmicks" meant to disguise bad policies.

"Pushing bills off. Moving them around," he said. "Trying to deceive the people into believing that fiscal responsibility has finally been visited upon their Capitol when clearly it has not."

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Government
11:57 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Around Illinois – May 31

  • Strip club tax for anti-violence funds sent to governor
  • Senate is considering union status of state employees
  • Federal judge approves sale of some Crundwell assets
  • Synthetic drugs legislation goes to governor’s desk
  • Legislature approves phone bill “cramming” ban
  • Senate weighs satellite TV fee

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Government
11:21 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Around Illinois – May 30

  • ICC quadruples ComEd delivery rate reduction
  • Lawsuits challenge same-sex marriage ban
  • Democrat quits 12th District Congressional race
  • Dixon is advertising for a Finance Director
    … and federal officers want to sell assets

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Government
7:08 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Cigarette tax hike goes to governor

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.

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Government
12:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Sweeping pension changes go to the House floor

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

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Government
9:53 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Around Illinois – May 29

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

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