Illinois constitution http://peoriapublicradio.org en Il Supreme Court decision puts pension overhaul in doubt http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-supreme-court-decision-puts-pension-overhaul-doubt <div>The Illinois Supreme Court says the free health insurance enjoyed by state retirees is protected by the Illinois Constitution. As IPR's Brian Mackey reports, the opinion could have significant implications for Illinois’ hugely underfunded pension system.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois used to pay the health insurance premiums for retirees with 20 years of service. But as of last year, those former workers had to chip in.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:25:11 +0000 Brian Mackey 25893 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il Supreme Court decision puts pension overhaul in doubt Why not combine the State of the State and budget addresses? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/why-not-combine-state-state-and-budget-addresses <div>Something notable was missing from Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address this week: talk about Illinois’ finances. Presumably that’ll come when he gives his budget address next month. This got IPR'S Lee Strubinger&nbsp;wondering: why not have just one speech?</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like Quinn, Senator John Sullivan of </span>Rushville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a Democrat. Still, he says the State of the State speech was lacking detail, and it left him wondering what will happen to the state's budget.</span></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:12:18 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18314 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Why not combine the State of the State and budget addresses? Gov. doesn't support opponent's proposal to change Il constitution http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-doesnt-support-opponents-proposal-change-il-constitution <div>Governor Pat Quinn says he does not support an opponent's proposal to change the Illinois Constitution.</div><div> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:13:57 +0000 Brian Mackey 11463 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. doesn't support opponent's proposal to change Il constitution Il Supreme Court rules on parental notification law http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-supreme-court-rules-parental-notification-law <div>The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday upheld a law that requires young women to notify their parents before getting an abortion. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, the decision ends a legal fight that goes all the way back to the 1990s.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time since the law passed nearly two decades ago, women 17 and younger who want to have an abortion will have to get their parents' permission.</span></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:47:39 +0000 Brian Mackey 8747 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Il Supreme Court rules on parental notification law House votes to cut Lt. Gov. post http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/house-votes-cut-lt-gov-post <p></p><div>The Illinois House has voted to eliminate the office of lieutenant governor.</div><div>Republican Representative David McSweeney of Barrington Hills says the office costs about two-million dollars a year.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"It's an office that is a luxury. I understand if we were sitting a pile of cash, if we had a triple-A bond rating, it would be a different story," says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McSweeney</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:56:09 +0000 Deborah Oldenkamp 3859 at http://peoriapublicradio.org House votes to cut Lt. Gov. post