Peoria Public Radio News
12:47 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Group calling for lawmakers to hike minimum wage during veto session

George Hemberger of Raise Illinois speaks about raising the minimum wage in the state.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A statewide coalition is calling for state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage during veto session. The group, Raise Illinois, wants the legislature to increase the wage to 10 dollars an hour from $8.25 an hour.

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3:12 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

State lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday after two weeks away. The top issue this spring remains whether to let the temporary tax increase drop at the end of the year as scheduled, or vote to keep the income tax rate at five percent. 

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3:20 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

IL looks to stop voter suppression

As other states enact stricter voting restrictions, Illinois lawmakers are looking to protect against suppression. A House committee Tuesday advanced the constitutional change.

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9:11 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

State Republicans try to limit ‘lame duck’ lawmakers

Republican members of the Illinois House seeks to limit the power of so-called "lame duck" legislators.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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