pension overhaul http://peoriapublicradio.org en Republican Paul Schimpf criticizes state pension overhaul http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/republican-paul-schimpf-criticizes-state-pension-overhaul <div>The Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General is criticizing incumbent Lisa Madigan for defending the state's pension overhaul law which he thinks is unconstitutional.</div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:25:11 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26868 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Republican Paul Schimpf criticizes state pension overhaul 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 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