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
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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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Senate Bill 1 approved
3:33 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Illinois Legislature Approves Pension Overhaul Plan

The House tally on the pension bill.
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Illinois lawmakers approved a pension overhaul Tuesday. The Senate passed the plan 30 - 24, and the House approved it on a 62 - 53 vote. Governor Pat Quinn has indicated he will sign this bill, which is intended to save $160-billion over the next three decades. 

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1:04 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Legislative Leaders Reach Deal On Pensions

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Legislative leaders have reportedly reached a deal to solve the state's pension crisis. That's according to Steve Brown, spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan. 

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2:57 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Bishop Holds 'Minor Exorcism' Over Same-Sex Marriage

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield speaks with reporters after his prayers of "exorcism" over same-sex marriage.

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 2:23 am

Minutes after Gov. Pat Quinn made gay marriage legal in Illinois, the Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield began a prayer service in response. Tuesday's service was formally called a prayer of “exorcism.” But the ceremony was more subdued than that dramatic word might suggest.

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Election 2014
1:08 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Governor Quinn Picks Former Chicago Schools Chief As Running Mate

Paul Vallas (2007 photo)
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Former Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas is Governor Pat Quinn's choice for Lieutenant Governor. 

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Senate Bill 10
6:16 am
Wed November 6, 2013

#15: Illinois Soon To Be Latest Same-Sex Marriage State

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Illinois will be the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage, after the state House and Senate approved  legislation (SB10) today.  Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign it into law, and same-sex couples can marry starting next June.

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4:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Illinois House Approves Same-Sex Marriage

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Same-sex marriage took a big step toward becoming law in Illinois today. The Illinois House of Representatives approved gay marriage in a narrow vote. 

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Hundreds rally at the Capitol
3:56 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Gay Marriage Supporters "March On Springfield"

The March On Springfield logo
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Rain didn't stop advocates for same-sex marriage, who rallied under umbrellas by the hundreds in front of the Illinois Capitol today. A measure to legalize same-sex marriage passed the state Senate earlier this year, but has stalled in the Illinois House. 

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11:22 am
Thu October 10, 2013

White House Calls GOP Debt Ceiling Offer 'Encouraging'

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday
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House Speaker John Boehner says he and fellow Republicans are willing to compromise and pass a temporary extension of the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling in exchange for substantive negotiations on other fiscal matters. But their proposal would not affect the partial government shutdown.

"What we want to do is offer the president today the ability to move a temporary increase in the debt ceiling in agreement to go to conference on the budget," Boehner said, standing behind a lectern labeled with the Twitter hashtag #time4solutions.

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1:49 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Senate Rejects House Bill As Shutdown Looms

Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, arrives for a Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Friday in Washington, D.C.
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Moving quickly this afternoon, the Senate voted 54-46 to reject a House continuing resolution that would avert a government shutdown but would delay the implementation of President Obama's signature law, the Affordable Care Act.

With just hours left before the government runs out of authority to spend money, the ball is now in Speaker John Boehner's court.

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