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State News
6:21 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Illinois Democrats meet, Madigan not present

Illinois Democrats gathered in Springfield Wednesday to rally behind their candidates ahead of next year’s election. But they met among a backdrop of party infighting, lawsuits - and without the presence of the state’s party chairman. From Springfield - IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 

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3:18 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Madigan calls for investigation on himself

The latest person to call for an investigation into Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s dealings with Metra is House Speaker Michael Madigan. As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports, his office released a letter Friday afternoon encouraging an official ethics investigation.

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4:28 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Madigan mum on election decision details

When Attorney General Lisa Madigan this week announced she would not seek the Illinois governor's office, she said a key factor was her father's position as speaker of the Illinois House. But in her first meeting with reporters since the announcement, she declined to elaborate. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.

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State News
7:16 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Special session on pension reform begins today

Members of Illinois' General Assembly return to the capitol Wednesday for a special session on pensions where they're expected to pass off the problem to a yet another legislative committee. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

What to do about Illinois' $100 billion pension debt has confounded legislators for years.

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State News
1:48 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

House Republican leader says Democrats are playing politics with pension reform

The top Republican in the Illinois House of Representatives says he thinks Democratic leaders are purposely not passing pension reform for their own political gain. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.


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There are lots of conspiracies for why pension reform hasn’t been approved. One is that it’s purely a legal debate over how to interpret the constitution.

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State News
6:56 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Political scientist says Gov. needs a win on pension reform

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn “Desperately needs a win” on pension reform. That’s the conclusion of political scientist Kent Redfield. The U of I Springfield professor spoke ahead of next week’s special session on pensions, which Quinn ordered. Redfield says the Governor repeatedly blamed pension costs for the state's budget problems. If no agreement is reached, Redfield says, Quinn will look weak going into next year’s primary election:

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State News
7:17 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Senate votes down pension measure

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. 

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. 

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State News
7:12 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Pension talks to continue today

A solution for dealing with Illinois' 100 billion dollars of pension debt continues to elude legislators, even as the spring session rapidly approaches its end. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn Friday. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Lawmakers have taken votes to deal with the pension debt. Problem is the House passed a plan that Speaker Mike Madigan says will save more money. And the Senate passed a different plan that his fellow Democrat, President John Cullerton, says is better because it's more likely to be upheld by the courts.

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