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State News
6:59 am
Fri February 27, 2015

US court declines to decide Illinois benefits issue

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

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State News
1:05 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

IL AG: State can use 'police powers' to cut pensions

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.

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State News
5:43 am
Mon January 5, 2015

IL lawmaker says special session is unnecessary

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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.

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State News
5:57 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Rauner lawyers meet with Quinn about comptroller

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. 

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State News
5:16 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Rauner wants Topinka's Chief of Staff to fill Comptroller seat

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.

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State News
11:29 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Officials Unclear On Filling Topinka Vacancy

Credit www.ioc.state.il.us

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.

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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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