recession http://peoriapublicradio.org en Attorneys for Illinois officials defend pension law http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/attorneys-illinois-officials-defend-pension-law <div>Attorneys for Illinois officials are defending controversial legislation cutting the retirement benefits of state employees.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unions representing those workers sued.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’re saying the pension changes are unconstitutional.</span></div><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 11:43:57 +0000 Tony Arnold 23401 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Attorneys for Illinois officials defend pension law Quinn and Daley begin attacks http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/quinn-and-daley-begin-attacks <div>The Illinois gubernatorial primary might be months away, but two top Democratic candidates are already battling it out in public. IPR'S&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lauren </span>Chooljian<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley has laid out a laundry list of reasons why he thinks Governor Pat Quinn isn’t quote, "up for the job."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Daley says Quinn hasn’t done enough to fix a backlog of </span>FOID<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> card applications, he accused him of not meeting with the joint pension committee, and says the governor hasn’t done enough to reduce unemployment.</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:54:19 +0000 Lauren Chooljian 11753 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Some good news for Illinois' economy http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/some-good-news-illinois-economy <div>News about Illinois' economy is typically bleak. &nbsp;The state DOES have the second-worst unemployment rate in the nation, behind only Nevada. But as IPR's Brian Mackey reports, at least one outside observer is seeing at least a modest improvement.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Moody's Analytics is changing Illinois' rating from "at risk of recession" to "recovery."&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Moody's economist Steven Cochrane.</span></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:56:49 +0000 Brian Mackey 11633 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Some good news for Illinois' economy