retiree health care

Retired state workers in Illinois will have to pay more for their health insurance. But it appears it won't be right away. The law signed last week aims to reduce retiree health-care costs. It ends the practice of the state covering the entire premium costs for those with at least 20 years of service.

... but lawmakers push off a compromise on other pension reforms

Effective July 1, retired state and public university employees will be required to kick in more money for their health insurance, Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced early today.

But legislative leaders who met later today to pursue a compromise on paying retirement costs for downstate and suburban school districts pushed any decision back well beyond that date.

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.