Legislators will be back in Springfield Thursday for a special session. They're set to debate holding a special election for the office of Comptroller. But other ideas are on the table too.

State lawmakers gear up for veto session

Nov 17, 2014

Illinois' capitol will once again hum with activity this week. It's the start of the veto session.

Rauner stops in Peoria on state victory tour

Nov 7, 2014

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner says he wants the general assembly to avoid taking up any big issues during this month’s veto session.  Rauner made his comment in Peoria Friday during a state-wide victory tour.  Rauner repeated his call that lawmakers should wait until the new general assembly is seated before taking up major issues:

State lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday

Apr 28, 2014

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. 

Day one of veto session: not much happening

Oct 22, 2013

Illinois lawmakers were back in Springfield Tuesday for their fall legislative session. Several controversial issues are up for consideration. We asked IPR’s Brian Mackey what happened on day one.

Illinois fall veto session to get underway

Oct 21, 2013

Most state legislators will get their first glimpse Tuesday of the Illinois Capitol's latest renovations.  They include new custom-made copper-plated doors made infamous by their nearly $700,000 price tag.  Also, less unusual budget matters will be on their agenda this week, as the fall veto session gets underway.

With an eye toward reaching an agreement in time for the upcoming veto session, legislators on a special pension committee met Friday in Chicago.  The conversations focused on giving state employees and teachers a new style of retirement plan.

Quinn: ready to call special session amid pension uncertainty

Jun 4, 2013

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’s ready to call a special session.  That’s after lawmakers failed to pass a pension plan last week.  Illinois Public Radio’s Susie An reports.

IL lawmakers adjourn, leave some big issues unresolved

Jun 1, 2013

The Illinois General Assembly ended its 2013 session last night. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, it's more likely to be remembered for what was not accomplished than for what was.