Category Archives: Statehouse

Lawmaker Says Pension Deal Could Happen Soon

An Illinois House and Senate conference committee will meet tomorrow in Chicago as members try to work out a compromise on the state’s pension problem. Ten lawmakers, six of them Democrats, make up the panel.  It was formed after a … Continue reading

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Senate Dems Press Quinn For Concealed-Carry Stance

A group of Illinois senators is urging Gov. Pat Quinn to reveal his stance on the carrying of concealed guns to avert a “public safety and constitutional crisis.” A letter signed by 23 Democrats – including Senate President John Cullerton … Continue reading

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Sangamon Co. Regional Supt. Jeff Vose Interview

Regional Offices of Education have often been an overlooked area of government.  But the elected positions have unwillingly been in the spotlight over the last couple of years when Governor Pat Quinn tried to eliminate them.  A compromise with the … Continue reading

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Montgomery Co. GOP Official Steps Down Over Remarks

The chairman of the Republican Party in Montgomery County has resigned after writing what’s been called a racist and sexist email about U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’ primary challenger. Illinois Republican Party chairman Jack Dorgan says he accepted Jim Allen’s resignation … Continue reading

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University Presidents Rally Behind Exclusive Pension Plan

The presidents of Illinois’ public universities are rallying behind a plan intended to bolster the pension system for their employees. The proposal was the subject of a state Senate hearing Tuesday in Springfield. But as Brian Mackey reports, its future … Continue reading

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Pension Special Session Set To Create Conference Committee

Members of Illinois’ General Assembly return to the capitol Wednesday for a special session on pensions, where they’re expected to pass off the problem to a yet another legislative committee. What to do about Illinois’ $100 billion pension debt has … Continue reading

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Quinn Signs Fracking Regulations Into Law

Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law what’s touted as the nation’s toughest regulations on “fracking.” High-volume hydraulic fracturing is a controversial process used to reach oil and natural gas deep underground. The director of the Illinois Environmental Council, Jen … Continue reading

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