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State News
6:11 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Gov. Rauner meets with Illinois legislative leaders

Illinois' new Republican governor says he held a "very productive" Tuesday afternoon meeting with state legislative leaders.

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State News
6:19 am
Thu January 8, 2015

IL lawmakers reconvene for special session Thursday

Illinois lawmakers are reconvening for a special session called by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn. They're expected to consider a proposal that would establish a 2016 special election to replace late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka as well as other constitutional office vacancies that arise in the future.

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State News
6:37 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Quinn's last week: Prospects uncertain for special session

Gov. Pat Quinn enters his final week in office with a speech and special session on the agenda, but it's unclear how hard lawmakers and leaders will work with the Democrat on a possible special election or other issues. 

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State News
6:41 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Rauner working on transition to the Governor's seat

From dealing with a rush of job-seekers to a leaky roof and hard feelings among opponents he now needs, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has been busily preparing to take over Illinois. His plans include staging a "big party" to celebrate "our great state" at his inauguration, even as he struggles to get a handle on the state's "horrible" budget situation.

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State News
6:03 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Cullerton plans possible pension steps

Some Illinois lawmakers are already making plans for a new way to tackle the state’s unfunded retirement liabilities. That’s because their previous plan was struck down by a judge last week.  

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State News
5:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Rauner already having issues with Democrats

Credit Peoria Public Radio

Illinois’ Governor-elect is already having trouble with top Democrats in Springfield. 

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State News
6:22 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Moody's criticizing new state budget

The credit rating agency Moody's is criticizing the Illinois state budget passed last week. As IPR's Brian Mackey reports, this is not a surprise to government officials.

Moody's says because Illinois did not extend higher income tax rates, it could have to rely on what it calls "credit negative" practices. Illinois already has the lowest credit rating of any state in the country. Moody's isn't lowering it further, at least not for now.

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State News
7:11 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Will lawmakers approve legislation making the higher income tax rate permanent?

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Monday to begin the final two weeks of the spring legislative session. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, the big question remains whether Democratic leaders can convince enough rank-and-file lawmakers to make a higher income tax rate permanent.

Although Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton, and House Speaker Michael Madigan all support making the temporary 5-percent income tax rate permanent, Madigan in particular has had a hard time getting fellow House Democrats to go along.

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State News
6:44 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Gov. Quinn says pension shortfall is a crisis

Governor Pat Quinn is disputing a fellow top Democrat's statements that Illinois' nearly 100-billion-dollar pension shortfall is not a crisis. Senate President John Cullerton has said that the pension shortfall is not an imminent crisis, but finding a solution can keep the state's income taxes down. 

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State News
6:56 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Political scientist says Gov. needs a win on pension reform

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn “Desperately needs a win” on pension reform. That’s the conclusion of political scientist Kent Redfield. The U of I Springfield professor spoke ahead of next week’s special session on pensions, which Quinn ordered. Redfield says the Governor repeatedly blamed pension costs for the state's budget problems. If no agreement is reached, Redfield says, Quinn will look weak going into next year’s primary election:

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