Illinois General Assembly http://peoriapublicradio.org en Downstate mayors want pension overhaul http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/downstate-mayors-want-pension-overhaul <div>A couple dozen mayors from throughout Illinois came to Springfield Wednesday, calling on legislators to help fix downstate pension systems that they say are unsustainable. IPR'S Lee Strubinger reports.&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Municipalities are on the hook for paying local police and firefighters’ retirement benefits.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the pension rates are set by the state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayors say lawmakers have increasingly “sweetened” benefits, and that's left many pension systems severely underfunded.</span></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 12:13:10 +0000 Lee Strubinger 22648 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Downstate mayors want pension overhaul Why not combine the State of the State and budget addresses? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/why-not-combine-state-state-and-budget-addresses <div>Something notable was missing from Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address this week: talk about Illinois’ finances. Presumably that’ll come when he gives his budget address next month. This got IPR'S Lee Strubinger&nbsp;wondering: why not have just one speech?</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like Quinn, Senator John Sullivan of </span>Rushville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a Democrat. Still, he says the State of the State speech was lacking detail, and it left him wondering what will happen to the state's budget.</span></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:12:18 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18314 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Why not combine the State of the State and budget addresses? Preview of fall veto session http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/preview-fall-veto-session <div>For the first time since a brief special session in July, legislators will begin making their way en masse to Springfield this week, for the fall veto session. The agenda before them is relatively light. The General Assembly will likely debate some budget matters. And there's a hearing on a new type of health care coverage for retired state employees. Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky previews what else is ahead:</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:16:29 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 13691 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Preview of fall veto session Gov. doesn't support opponent's proposal to change Il constitution http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-doesnt-support-opponents-proposal-change-il-constitution <div>Governor Pat Quinn says he does not support an opponent's proposal to change the Illinois Constitution.</div><div> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:13:57 +0000 Brian Mackey 11463 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. doesn't support opponent's proposal to change Il constitution Illinois General Assembly sues Gov. Pat Quinn http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-general-assembly-sues-gov-pat-quinn <p></p><p>The leaders of the Illinois General Assembly have sued Governor Pat Quinn over his veto of lawmakers' salaries. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the leaders say they're trying to protect the independence of the legislature:</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:51:10 +0000 Brian Mackey 9660 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinois General Assembly sues Gov. Pat Quinn State's year end bills mount http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/states-year-end-bills-mount <div>Illinois is ringing in the fiscal new year with 6-point-1 billion dollars in unpaid bills. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it's only expected to get worse.</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' budget year ended Sunday, but Comptroller Judy </span>Baar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Topinka<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says she still has thousands of bills to pay, in fact, 73,184 bills to pay, and that doesn't even include figures from other state agencies.</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 22:04:46 +0000 Brian Mackey 8214 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State's year end bills mount Will special committee succeed in solving state's pension problem? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/will-special-committee-succeed-solving-states-pension-problem <div>The Illinois General Assembly's one-day special session on pensions came and went Wednesday. Governor Pat Quinn had initially demanded lawmakers send him legislation to overhaul the state's underfunded pension systems, but in the end he settled for a special committee.&nbsp;</div><div> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:24:06 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 7647 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Will special committee succeed in solving state's pension problem? Special session on pension reform begins today http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/special-session-pension-reform-begins-today <div>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. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What to do about Illinois' $100 billion pension debt has confounded legislators for years.</span></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:16:38 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 7585 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Special session on pension reform begins today Legislators have many issues to take up before they adjourn http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/legislators-have-many-issues-take-they-adjourn <p>Illinois has the worst funded pension system in the nation, and lawmakers have until today to do something about it. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn by midnight. After that, it requires extra votes to get legislation to the governor's desk. &nbsp;Pensions are not the only thing left. As Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky reports, plenty of other big-ticket policy issues are also unresolved.</p><p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:24:46 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 6538 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Legislators have many issues to take up before they adjourn Pension talks to continue today http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/pension-talks-continue-today <p></p><div>A solution for dealing with Illinois' 100 billion dollars of pension debt continues to elude legislators, even as the spring session rapidly approaches its end. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn Friday. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers have taken votes to deal with the pension debt. Problem is the House passed a plan that Speaker Mike Madigan says will save more money. And the Senate passed a different plan that his fellow Democrat, President John </span>Cullerton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, says is better because it's more likely to be upheld by the courts.</span></div><div> Thu, 30 May 2013 12:12:32 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 6471 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Pension talks to continue today