Daily Archives: May 31, 2012

Judge Denies Cellini Request For New Trial

A federal judge has refused to overturn the convictions of a long-time Illinois powerbroker in the last trial directly related to investigations of imprisoned Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Springfield millionaire William Cellini appeared in court Thursday to hear Judge James Zagel … Continue reading

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GOP Pension Plan Heads To Illinois House Floor

A new Republican version of a plan to control Illinois pension costs passed its first test. The measure was approved Thursday by an Illinois House committee. The 8-1 vote sends it to the House floor for a vote later in … Continue reading

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Is Illinois Government Too Unionized?

Hundreds of state employees could be removed from labor unions under a measure advancing in the Illinois Senate. Backers say so many high-ranking state officials are unionized, it’s preventing the smooth operation of state government. Brian Mackey has more: [mp3 … Continue reading

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Satellite TV Tax Advances in Senate

If you have cable TV, you’re already paying a 5 percent fee that goes to state government. Wednesday night, an Illinois Senate panel voted to add that same fee to satellite TV service. Cable companies say this would level the … Continue reading

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Preview: Much To Be Addressed On Last Day of Spring Session

It’s the final day of the Illinois legislature’s spring session … and a flurry of activity is certain under the Statehouse dome. Following a surprise announcement from the House Speaker clearing the way for a pension overhaul, it could be … Continue reading

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