Illinois constitution

State News
1:25 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Il Supreme Court decision puts pension overhaul in doubt

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.

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State News
6:12 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Why not combine the State of the State and budget addresses?

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.

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State News
6:13 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Gov. doesn't support opponent's proposal to change Il constitution

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

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State News
6:47 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Il Supreme Court rules on parental notification law

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.

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Government
3:56 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

House votes to cut Lt. Gov. post

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.

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