pension overhaul http://peoriapublicradio.org en Head of Il Municipal League says legislature needs to continue work on pension reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/head-il-municipal-league-says-legislature-needs-continue-work-pension-reform <div>The new head of the Illinois Municipal League wants lawmakers to remain committed to a pension overhaul. Loves Park Mayor Darryl Lindberg was recently named president of the organization. Lindberg says the group has not put its support behind any one plan, but is paying attention to work being done by the bipartisan pension panel:</div><div> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:57:44 +0000 Jenna Dooley 14450 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Head of Il Municipal League says legislature needs to continue work on pension reform Veto session continues this week http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/veto-session-continues-week <div>Illinois legislators are scheduled to finish out their veto session this week. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, their back-loaded agenda ranges from dealing with budget matters to social issues.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first week of the veto session - late last month - went by with little of substance accomplished.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But what the General Assembly didn't touch then is back now.</span></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:05:14 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14386 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Veto session continues this week Pension plan could be nearing completion http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/pension-plan-could-be-nearing-completion <div>Legislators writing an overhaul of the state's pension systems could be nearing the end of their work. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has the latest. &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;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Feedback's been plentiful since late last month, when a draft of a pension plan drawn up by a bipartisan legislative committee was leaked.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:24:15 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11468 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Pension plan could be nearing completion Conversation on pension reform http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/conversation-pension-reform <p>A panel of ten Illinois lawmakers has been working this summer to find a solution to Illinois' pension problem. With an unfunded liability of about 100-billion dollars, payments to the public pension systems are taking up a larger chunk of overall state government spending. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford spoke with Representative Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat and one of the leaders in the push to change how retirement systems are funded. Recent meetings of the committee have occurred in private, making it difficult to determine progress. But Nekritz says she's hopeful:</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:27:04 +0000 Sean Crawford 10661 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Conversation on pension reform Sen. Brady says pension committee should have a plan soon http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/sen-brady-says-pension-committee-should-have-plan-soon <div>Republican Senator Bill Brady says a committee assigned with finding a pension compromise should settle on a plan in a couple of weeks.</div><div> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:16:29 +0000 Jeff Bossert 9977 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Sen. Brady says pension committee should have a plan soon Members of pension committee say Governor not helpful in negotiations http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/members-pension-committee-say-governor-not-helpful-negotiations <div>A day after Illinois legislative leaders sued Governor Pat Quinn for vetoing lawmakers' salaries, the governor continued lashing out at the General Assembly for not passing a pension overhaul.</div><div> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:54:02 +0000 Brian Mackey 9749 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Members of pension committee say Governor not helpful in negotiations Lawmakers adjourn without acting on pension overhaul http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-adjourn-without-acting-pension-overhaul <div>Illinois legislators gathered all day Tuesday to deal with a new gun law then promptly adjourned without taking action on the state's pensions. As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports that sets the stage for another showdown between the governor and the General Assembly.</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yesterday was the deadline </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn had given legislators for getting a pension overhaul to his desk.</span></p><div> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:23:17 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8613 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers adjourn without acting on pension overhaul Deadline for two major state policy issues http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/deadline-two-major-state-policy-issues <div>Tuesday marks a deadline for state legislators on two major policy matters. As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports, both pit them against the Governor.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's no fudging over the first deadline. It was set by a federal court.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois has until the end of today to pass a law legalizing the concealed carry of guns.</span></div><div> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:27:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8557 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Deadline for two major state policy issues Deadlines and the Governor http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/deadlines-and-governor <div>Tuesday is the latest deadline Governor Pat Quinn has set for overhauling Illinois' pension systems.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's part of what's become an ongoing pattern: Quinn sets a deadline, the General Assembly fails to meet it, Quinn sets another deadline, et cetera.&nbsp;</span></div><div> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:42:48 +0000 Brian Mackey 8492 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Deadlines and the Governor Senate votes down pension measure http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/senate-votes-down-pension-measure <p></p><div>It's the final day of the legislative session, and the foremost issue that has plagued lawmakers all year remains unresolved. There's a chance yesterday's actions may have deepened a divide between the House and Senate over what to do about the state's massive pension debt. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky explains.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Pat Quinn is asking the state senate to reconsider its vote, after the chamber quashed a pension measure that would cut state employees' and teachers' retirement benefits. Quinn says the Senate's action lets down the people of Illinois, whom he says are paying $17 million every day the current pension system stays in place.&nbsp;</span></div><div> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:17:56 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 6537 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Senate votes down pension measure