Mike Madigan http://peoriapublicradio.org en Madigan says he still wants to shift pension costs to school districts http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/madigan-says-he-still-wants-shift-pension-costs-school-districts <p></p><div>Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is following through on his promise to try and relieve the state from having to pay for teachers' retirement benefits. &nbsp;IPR’S Amanda Vinicky explains.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two chambers of the General Assembly are focused on competing proposals that seek to reduce the state's pension costs. What both plans have in common, though, is what they lack. Neither shift the cost of downstate and suburban public schools teachers' pensions from the state to the school districts that employ them.</span></div><div> Wed, 08 May 2013 12:07:48 +0000 Denise Molina 5243 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Madigan says he still wants to shift pension costs to school districts Madigan discusses what issues lawmakers could deal with before adjournment http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/madigan-discusses-what-issues-lawmakers-could-deal-adjournment <p></p><div>Illinois' legislators have less than a month before they're scheduled to adjourn. &nbsp;The Speaker of the Illinois House made some predictions about what may and may not happen before then. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div>A measure to legalize same sex marriage in Illinois already got state Senators' approval. But the Speaker of the Illinois House says there's not enough support for it to pass in that chamber.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mike Madigan said in March that gay marriage was a dozen votes shy in the House.&nbsp;</span></div><div> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:20 +0000 Denise Molina 5008 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Madigan discusses what issues lawmakers could deal with before adjournment Il House could vote on Madigan pension proposal http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-house-could-vote-madigan-pension-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House could vote this week on a new pension proposal. Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan has come through on a promise of a comprehensive overhaul.</span></p><div> Wed, 01 May 2013 11:04:32 +0000 Denise Molina 4881 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il House could vote on Madigan pension proposal Madigan supports fracking moratorium http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/madigan-supports-fracking-moratorium <p></p><div>Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan doesn't want Illinois to allow fracking, a controversial process that injects a mixture of water and chemicals deep underground to reach oil and natural gas reserves. &nbsp;IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Companies are longing to access the oil and natural gas laced in the rocks of the New Albany Shale, in southeastern Illinois.</div><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:21:34 +0000 Alex Rusciano 2389 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Madigan supports fracking moratorium