Brian Mackey http://tspr.org en In Illinois Legislature, A Culture Change On Criminal Sentencing http://tspr.org/post/illinois-legislature-culture-change-criminal-sentencing <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit flickr/meeshpants" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201309/prisonmeal.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not long ago, it seemed every time a different type of crime started making the news, members of the Illinois General Assembly would rush to increase the penalty for that offense. But today — with prisons stuffed beyond capacity and state finances ailing — lawmakers have begun taking a more deliberate approach. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:59:55 +0000 Brian Mackey 56248 at http://tspr.org In Illinois Legislature, A Culture Change On Criminal Sentencing Illinois Constitution Protects Retiree Health Insurance http://tspr.org/post/illinois-constitution-protects-retiree-health-insurance <p>The Illinois Supreme Court says the free health insurance enjoyed by state retirees is protected by the Illinois Constitution. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:19:30 +0000 Brian Mackey 55959 at http://tspr.org Illinois Constitution Protects Retiree Health Insurance Quinn Fundraising Appeal Tied To Bill Signing http://tspr.org/post/quinn-fundraising-appeal-tied-bill-signing <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters in this file photo." data-attribution="Credit Amanda Vinicky/WUIS" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201310/QuinnCrop.jpg" alt="" /><p>Voters will get to weigh in on whether Illinois should raise its minimum wage for adults to $10 an hour. Gov. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:57:45 +0000 Brian Mackey 55339 at http://tspr.org Quinn Fundraising Appeal Tied To Bill Signing Lawsuit: Rutherford 'Coerced And Intimidated' Employee Into Political Work http://tspr.org/post/lawsuit-rutherford-coerced-and-intimidated-employee-political-work <p>A former state employee Thursday filed more allegations of political and sexual harassment against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:19:34 +0000 Brian Mackey 54774 at http://tspr.org Lawsuit: Rutherford 'Coerced And Intimidated' Employee Into Political Work Moody's: Budget Could Undo 'Significant Progress' http://tspr.org/post/moodys-budget-could-undo-significant-progress <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="&quot;I don&#039;t know how you can blame us or the governor for a negative bond rating,&quot; Senate President John Cullerton says. &quot;The Republicans are the ones saying, &#039;Don&#039;t raise the taxes, we don&#039;t need that. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:47:12 +0000 Brian Mackey 54387 at http://tspr.org Moody's: Budget Could Undo 'Significant Progress'