Illinois lawmakers http://peoriapublicradio.org en Mandatory minimums to be debated this week http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/mandatory-minimums-be-debated-week <div>A panel of Illinois state lawmakers Tuesday is scheduled to debate how long convicted criminals should spend in prison for certain crimes. IPR's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tony Arnold reports.</span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy frequently blames Springfield politicians for the city’s gun violence.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says nobody’s afraid of Illinois’ gun laws.</span></p></div><div> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:13:47 +0000 Tony Arnold 26408 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Mandatory minimums to be debated this week No voting on term limits for state lawmakers http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/no-voting-term-limits-state-lawmakers <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois voters will NOT get a chance to weigh in on term limits for state lawmakers. &nbsp;A Cook County judge today ruled the question is unconstitutional for voters to take up.</span></div><div> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:45:11 +0000 Tony Arnold 25617 at http://peoriapublicradio.org No voting on term limits for state lawmakers Il lawmakers return to Springfield Monday http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-lawmakers-return-springfield-monday <div>Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Monday. With just six days remaining before the scheduled summer adjournment, , the state budget remains the top issue. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers have a difficult choice: slash spending on things like education and health care, or vote to make the current five percent income tax rate permanent. It's scheduled to drop by more than a percentage point at the end of the year.</span></div><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:18:19 +0000 Brian Mackey 23892 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il lawmakers return to Springfield Monday Will lawmakers approve legislation making the higher income tax rate permanent? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/will-lawmakers-approve-legislation-making-higher-income-tax-rate-permanent <div>Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Monday to begin the final two weeks of the spring legislative session. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, the big question remains whether Democratic leaders can convince enough rank-and-file lawmakers to make a higher income tax rate permanent.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn, Senate President John </span>Cullerton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and House Speaker Michael Madigan all support making the temporary 5-percent income tax rate permanent, Madigan in particular has had a hard time getting fellow House Democrats to go along.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 12:11:08 +0000 Brian Mackey 23520 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Will lawmakers approve legislation making the higher income tax rate permanent? Lawmakers return to Springfield Monday http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-return-springfield-monday <div>After a weekend break, legislators begin to return to Springfield Monday as the calendar draws closer to the scheduled May 31st adjournment. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky catches us up.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the end of the month is a key date, it's another one, about a half a year away, that will largely guide much of what happens these next few weeks: the election.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:07:29 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23165 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers return to Springfield Monday Some unionized state workers still waiting for promised raises http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/some-unionized-state-workers-still-waiting-promised-raises <div>Illinois lawmakers still have yet to fund long-promised raises for certain state employees. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it’s affecting thousands of unionized workers.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The raises were negotiated under the Blagojevich administration, but it was </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn who starting in 2011 said he didn’t have the money to pay them. The </span>AFSCME<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> union sued, and a judge ordered the state to pay, with interest.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:45:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 14038 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Some unionized state workers still waiting for promised raises