No budget deal in Springfield

Jul 1, 2015

 Illinois state government continues to move into shutdown mode.  That’s after representatives failed to pass a one-month spending plan.  

The Peoria City Council finished a six hour meeting last night by moving forward a proposed apartment complex project along the riverfront. The vote followed public protest and council debate:

Illinois American Water and the City of Peoria have suspended talks to extend a five-year-purchase option to 20 years.  The previous franchise agreement proposal would have given the city more than a million dollars a year for a residential streets overlay program and another $1.4 million for work permit fees. The water company would have in turn passed on the cost to ratepayers with a three percent increase.  The City and the water company issued a joint statement that gave no explanation as to why the negotiations were halted. The statement does say the talks reached an impasse.

This year, Illinois began a program to cull the state's Medicaid rolls.  So far, it has resulted in two out of every five recipients being dropped. But some lawmakers say a new agreement with a labor union jeopardizes further cost savings. 

Peoria Council OKs annexation agreement

Nov 12, 2013

The Peoria City Council approved an annexation agreement for 18-acres north of the city.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:

Tri-County separation agreement remains murky

Oct 24, 2013

It’s been a week since the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission approved a separation agreement with its longtime executive director, Terry Kohlbuss. But the agreement is still not official. Details on any agreement won’t be made public until both parties sign-off. 

Durbin calls gridlock ‘political cowardice’

Oct 15, 2013

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin calls the gridlock in Washington over the federal government’s debt limit and the partial shutdown acts of “political cowardice.”  The Illinois Democrat says it’s dangerous for lawmakers to be negotiating this close to the start of a federal default.  Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Durbin said lawmakers must come to an agreement as soon as possible.

Illinois reaches deal with Amtrak

Oct 10, 2013

 Illinois has agreed to pay more for in-state Amtrak trains. The deal prevents a shutdown of rail service that could have happened as early as next week. 

Bustos: federal shutdown ‘unfair’

Oct 7, 2013

 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says the federal shutdown is unfair.  Over the weekend, the U-S House passed legislation to pay federal workers retro-actively. Bustos says that at least gives them some peace of mind.  She blames republicans and House Speaker John Boehner for the problem. She says he should allow members to vote on funding the government and negotiate later.

State AFSCME deal carries effects

Mar 4, 2013

   A tentative agreement between Governor Pat Quinn and the state's largest public-employee union, AFSCME, means retired workers finally know how much they should budget for health care.  And it means the state will finally get the savings it had already been counting on. State and university employees who retired after long government careers have not had to pay any health care premiums. A new state law requires them to contribute. But how much they pay was subject to contract negotiations. And AFSCME and the Quinn administration's negotiations dragged on for 15 months.

Quinn, AFSCME reach tentative deal

Feb 28, 2013

  After 15 months of negotiating, Illinois' largest government-employee union has reached a tentative contract deal with the administration of Governor Pat Quinn.  AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says the specifics will be kept private for now: "It's a three-year agreement. The details are going to be reviewed by our entire rank-and-file membership. ... The ratification process will get started the week of this coming Monday, March 4." Published reports indicate union members would get pay raises -- even though Quinn declined to pay out some raises from the last contract.