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Government
6:19 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Simon pushes for school funding change

Illinois ranks last in the nation when it comes to how much money the state kicks in for public education. This has to do with the complicated formula that determines school funding. There’s a move to change how that's done.

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Government
3:36 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Leading state lawmakers take up pension overhaul

Overhauling Illinois' pension systems is no longer in the hands of the special committee of legislators that met all summer.  How to reduce the state’s $100 billion of long-term pension debt is now in the hands of the General Assembly's four leaders. 

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Government
6:43 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Lawmakers tweak mandatory minimum gun bill

Illinois lawmakers are whittling down legislation that would increase the minimum prison time for some people convicted of illegal gun use.  

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Government
3:09 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Judge ruling: state lawmakers should get paid

A Cook County judge had harsh words Friday for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, saying state lawmakers should get their paychecks again.  IPR’s Tony Arnold explains.
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Government
3:00 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

No August paychecks for state lawmakers

Illinois lawmakers will not get their paychecks for the month of August.  

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Government
4:40 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

IL Lawmakers continue pension talks

Governor Pat Quinn may have rebuffed legislators' efforts at finding a pension solution and cancelled their pay.  But lawmakers key to negotiations are continuing talks anyway.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports: 

When the Governor cut legislators' salaries as a sort of punishment for their not passing a measure to bring down the state's pension costs, he didn't pick and choose. There was no mercy for legislators who had voted for controversial pension plans - including one Quinn had supported - but which didn't fully advance. Nor did he make an exception for the legislators who've attended countless meetings as part of special panels formed by the Governor.

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Government
7:08 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Legal questions for cutting lawmakers' pay

Legal questions surround Governor Pat Quinn's bold move Wednesday to strike legislators' salaries out of the state budget.  It's an unprecedented one --- though somewhat similar to an action taken by Quinn's predecessor, Rod Blagojevich.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more:


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Government
3:38 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

State lawmakers to return for special session

Illinois lawmakers will be back in Springfield later this month as Governor Pat Quinn has called a special session. The governor said he wants legislators to, quote, "finish their job for the people of Illinois", and reach a deal on pension reform.  IPR’s Chris Slaby has more: 


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Politics
5:46 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

IL concealed carry talks continue

Legislators are continuing to negotiate as they seek an agreement on concealed carry legislation.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Lawmakers consider creating state Highway Commission

  The annual ICAT transportation conference included a panel on state funding for  transportation projects. Some state lawmakers say there are better ways to fund infrastructure projects than by passing an occasional massive construction bill. Democratic senator Martin Sandoval chairs the senate transportation committee.  He says he supports forming an independent highway commission to regulate infrastructure funding like other utilities:

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