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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4:24 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Pension Problem Handed Off To New General Assembly

Credit Amanda Vinicky / Illinois Public Radio

A new session of the Illinois General Assembly begins Wednesday, when candidates who won in November's elections take the oath of office. The outgoing class of legislators left the incoming one with quite a burden. On Tuesday, the previous General Assembly adjourned without doing anything to address the state's massive pension woes. However, there were some last minute attempts.

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7:06 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Pension Overhaul Remains Up In The Air

State Representative Bob Prtichard

A proposed overhaul cleared a House committee Monday. But the full House adjourned for the day without taking action. Observers say legislative leaders are trying to round up of enough votes for the bill to pass.

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5:09 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Pension Reform Passes Committee, No House Vote Yet

Credit Illinois.gov

There’s no deal on a pension reform plan at the Illinois Capitol…yet.

The Illinois House adjourned without a floor vote on a contentious plan to change the state’s troubled public employee pension system. An Illinois House committee today gave bi-partisan approval to a plan sponsored by Representative Elaine Nekritz. She says she expects it to be called for a vote by the House Tuesday, at the earliest.

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8:10 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Bill Daley Considering Run For Illinois Governor

Bill Daley

Governor Pat Quinn could have a primary challenger if he seeks re-election in 2014. Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley says he's seriously thinking about running for Illinois governor.

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6:08 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Kirk Planning To Return Next Month

Credit Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Center for Stroke Rehabilitation

Illinois' junior U.S. Senator will soon return to work. Senator Mark Kirk will head back to Washington on Jan. 3, a year after suffering a major stroke that required months of intense rehabilitation. 

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Veto Session
4:12 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Illinois Senate Okays Undocumented Immigrant Drivers' Licenses

The Illinois Senate Tuesday approved drivers' licenses for immigrants who came to the U-S illegally. The legislation has bipartisan support.

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1:56 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. Resigns

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. has resigned: a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner confirms he has received Jackson's letter of resignation.

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6:34 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Illinois Lawmaker Headed to Private Sector

Rep. Jim Watson
Credit ilga.gov

A west central Illinois lawmaker is stepping down, just days after he won re-election.   House Republican Jim Watson of Jacksonville says he will leave the seat to take over as Executive Director of the Illinois Petroleum Council.  The group represents oil refineries, marketers and others in the industry.

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4:48 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Hastert And Lipinski Discuss Election

Two former Congressman from northern Illinois held a political discussion Thursday night. Dennis Hastert and Bill Lipinski offered their thought's on this week's election.

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