Illinois constitution

The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday issued an opinion striking down a law that cut civil juries in half. The law would also have hiked juror pay.

When they passed it during veto session in late 2014, legislators argued that having fewer jurors made the higher pay affordable.

That, they said, was good for justice: People may be more willing to serve if they got paid $25 versus as little as $4.

An Illinois health care system plans to appeal a court ruling involving whether hospitals should pay taxes.  Urbana-based Carle health system says it will appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court before a Feb. 9 deadline. 

The constitutional requirement for a balanced budget is not as strict as you might think.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants to change the Illinois constitution.  That’s in light of today’s Supreme Court decision striking down the state’s pension law.

The Illinois Supreme Court has thrown out a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis.

A federal appeals court in Chicago has declined to resolve a contentious issue over whether Illinois' constitution strictly bars the reduction of retiree benefits.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is arguing that a landmark Illinois pension overhaul should be upheld because the state has "police powers" that allow it to change a contract in extraordinary circumstances.

Illinois lawmakers are due back in Springfield later this week. Outgoing Governor Pat Quinn called a special session on Jan. 8 to discuss an election to replace late comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

The incoming Illinois governor's attorneys have met with staffers for Gov. Pat Quinn and argued Quinn may make only a short-term appointment to fill the comptroller's office left vacant by the sudden death of Judy Baar Topinka. 

Illinois’ next governor says he has recommendations for who should fill the vacant state comptroller position. Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died Wednesday, a month after winning re-election.

With the death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, it would seem that the next step is for the Governor to appoint a successor. However, election officials are unsure about the process.

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.

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.

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 wondering: why not have just one speech?

Like Quinn, Senator John Sullivan of Rushville 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.

Governor Pat Quinn says he does not support an opponent's proposal to change the Illinois Constitution.

Il Supreme Court rules on parental notification law

Jul 12, 2013

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.

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.

House votes to cut Lt. Gov. post

Apr 11, 2013

The Illinois House has voted to eliminate the office of lieutenant governor.Republican Representative David McSweeney of Barrington Hills says the office costs about two-million dollars a year.

"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 McSweeney.