lawmakers http://peoriapublicradio.org en State lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-return-springfield-tuesday <div>Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday after two weeks away. The top issue this spring remains whether to let the temporary tax increase drop at the end of the year as scheduled, or vote to keep the income tax rate at five percent.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:12:17 +0000 Brian Mackey 22488 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday IL looks to stop voter suppression http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-looks-stop-voter-suppression <div>As other states enact stricter voting restrictions, Illinois lawmakers are looking to protect against suppression. A House committee Tuesday advanced the constitutional change.</div><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:20:30 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21136 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL looks to stop voter suppression State Republicans try to limit ‘lame duck’ lawmakers http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-republicans-try-limit-lame-duck-lawmakers <div>Republican members of the Illinois House seeks to limit the power of so-called "lame duck" legislators.</div><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:11:19 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 18516 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State Republicans try to limit ‘lame duck’ lawmakers Simon pushes for school funding change http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/simon-pushes-school-funding-change <p></p><div>Illinois ranks last in the nation when it comes to how much money the state kicks in for public education. This has to do with the complicated formula that determines school funding. There’s a move to change how that's done.</div><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:19:20 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17600 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Simon pushes for school funding change Leading state lawmakers take up pension overhaul http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/leading-state-lawmakers-take-pension-overhaul <p>Overhauling Illinois' pension systems is no longer in the hands of the special committee of legislators that met all summer. &nbsp;How to reduce the state’s $100 billion of long-term pension debt is now in the hands of the General Assembly's four leaders.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:36:47 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14747 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Leading state lawmakers take up pension overhaul Lawmakers tweak mandatory minimum gun bill http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-tweak-mandatory-minimum-gun-bill <p></p><div>Illinois lawmakers are whittling down legislation that would increase the minimum prison time for some people convicted of illegal gun use. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 00:43:02 +0000 Tony Arnold 14545 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers tweak mandatory minimum gun bill Judge ruling: state lawmakers should get paid http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/judge-ruling-state-lawmakers-should-get-paid <p></p><div>A Cook County judge had harsh words Friday for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, saying state lawmakers should get their paychecks again. &nbsp;IPR&rsquo;s Tony Arnold explains.</div><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:09:06 +0000 Tony Arnold 12592 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Judge ruling: state lawmakers should get paid No August paychecks for state lawmakers http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/no-august-paychecks-state-lawmakers <p></p><div>Illinois lawmakers will not get their paychecks for the month of August. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:00:45 +0000 Alex Rusciano 9426 at http://peoriapublicradio.org No August paychecks for state lawmakers IL Lawmakers continue pension talks http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-lawmakers-continue-pension-talks <p></p><div>Governor Pat Quinn may have rebuffed legislators' efforts at finding a pension solution and cancelled their pay. &nbsp;But lawmakers key to negotiations are continuing talks anyway. &nbsp;IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the Governor cut legislators' salaries as a sort of punishment for their not passing a measure to bring down the state's pension costs, he didn't pick and choose.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was no mercy for legislators who had voted for controversial pension plans - including one Quinn had supported - but which didn't fully advance.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nor did he make an exception for the legislators who've attended countless meetings as part of special panels formed by the Governor.</span></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:40:07 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8722 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL Lawmakers continue pension talks Legal questions for cutting lawmakers' pay http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/legal-questions-cutting-lawmakers-pay <p>Legal questions surround Governor Pat Quinn's bold move Wednesday to strike legislators' salaries out of the state budget. &nbsp;It's an unprecedented one --- though somewhat similar to an action taken by Quinn's predecessor, Rod Blagojevich. &nbsp;IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more:</p><p></p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 00:08:30 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8673 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Legal questions for cutting lawmakers' pay