House Speaker Mike Madigan http://peoriapublicradio.org en Illinois Democrats meet, Madigan not present http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-democrats-meet-madigan-not-present <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Democrats gathered in Springfield Wednesday to rally behind their candidates ahead of next year’s election.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But they met among a backdrop of party infighting, lawsuits - and without the presence of the state’s party chairman.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From Springfield - </span>IPR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tony Arnold reports:</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p></p></div><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:21:24 +0000 Tony Arnold 10436 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinois Democrats meet, Madigan not present Madigan calls for investigation on himself http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/madigan-calls-investigation-himself <p></p><p>The latest person to call for an investigation into Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s dealings with Metra is House Speaker Michael Madigan. As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports, his office released a letter Friday afternoon encouraging an official ethics investigation.</p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:18:43 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 9148 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Madigan calls for investigation on himself Madigan mum on election decision details http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/madigan-mum-election-decision-details <p>When Attorney General Lisa Madigan this week announced she would not seek the Illinois governor's office, she said a key factor was her father's position as speaker of the Illinois House. But in her first meeting with reporters since the announcement, she declined to elaborate. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:28:38 +0000 Brian Mackey 9026 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Madigan mum on election decision details 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 House Republican leader says Democrats are playing politics with pension reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-republican-leader-says-democrats-are-playing-politics-pension-reform <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The top Republican in the Illinois House of Representatives says he thinks Democratic leaders are purposely not passing pension reform for their own political gain.&nbsp;</span>IPR’S<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Tony Arnold reports.</span></p><div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are lots of conspiracies for why pension reform hasn’t been approved. One is that it’s purely a legal debate over how to interpret the constitution.</span></div><div> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:48:31 +0000 Denise Molina & Tony Arnold 7224 at http://peoriapublicradio.org House Republican leader says Democrats are playing politics with pension reform Political scientist says Gov. needs a win on pension reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/political-scientist-says-gov-needs-win-pension-reform <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Governor Pat Quinn “Desperately needs a win” on pension reform. That’s the conclusion of political scientist Kent Redfield. The U of I Springfield professor spoke ahead of next week’s special session on pensions, which Quinn ordered. Redfield says the Governor repeatedly blamed pension costs for the state's budget problems. If no agreement is reached, Redfield says, Quinn will look weak going into next year’s primary election:</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:56:42 +0000 Denise Molina & Dan Klefstad 7126 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Political scientist says Gov. needs a win on pension reform Senate votes down pension measure http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senate-votes-down-pension-measure <p></p><div>It's the final day of the legislative session, and the foremost issue that has plagued lawmakers all year remains unresolved. There's a chance yesterday's actions may have deepened a divide between the House and Senate over what to do about the state's massive pension debt. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky explains.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Pat Quinn is asking the state senate to reconsider its vote, after the chamber quashed a pension measure that would cut state employees' and teachers' retirement benefits. Quinn says the Senate's action lets down the people of Illinois, whom he says are paying $17 million every day the current pension system stays in place.&nbsp;</span></div><div> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:17:56 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 6537 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Senate votes down pension measure 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