Christine Radogno http://tspr.org en Major Gambling Expansion Vetoed in Illinois http://tspr.org/post/major-gambling-expansion-vetoed-illinois <p>Governor Pat Quinn is hearing both praise and criticism for his decision to veto a large gambling&nbsp; package.<br><br>Lawmakers who pushed the gaming plan said he has been&nbsp; unwilling to work with them. But Quinn is also getting a few pats on the back.<br><br>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is one of the detractors. He planned to keep pushing to have a&nbsp; casino built in the city.<br><br>The proposal Quinn dismissed would also have allowed casinos to be built in Danville, Park City, Rockford, and at an undetermined spot in Chicago's south suburbs.<br> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:45:44 +0000 Rich Egger 20720 at http://tspr.org Major Gambling Expansion Vetoed in Illinois Lawmakers Close to Ending Legislative Scholarships http://tspr.org/post/lawmakers-close-ending-legislative-scholarships <p>An Illinois Senate panel is supporting legislation (<a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=3810&amp;GAID=11&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegId=62055&amp;SessionID=84&amp;GA=97" target="_blank">HB 3810</a>) that would end a perk that lets legislators hand out free tuition at state universities.<br /><br />The House has voted to get rid of the scandal-plagued program three years running. But previous attempts have been blocked by Senate Democrats -- until now.<br /><br />Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said problems with the scholarships are well-documented. Wed, 02 May 2012 20:36:50 +0000 Rich Egger 14453 at http://tspr.org Lawmakers Close to Ending Legislative Scholarships Illinois Governor Releases Pension Overhaul Plan http://tspr.org/post/illinois-governor-releases-pension-overhaul-plan <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn unveiled a plan to overhaul the pension system for state&nbsp; employees.</p><p>It would force state workers to choose between two&nbsp; plans, both of which would reduce their benefits.</p><p>If&nbsp; employees voluntarily go along with the governor&#39;s proposed changes, they would have to pay more into their retirement plans, work longer before they retire, and face reduced cost-of-living adjustments in retirement.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:22:35 +0000 Rich Egger 13836 at http://tspr.org Illinois Governor Releases Pension Overhaul Plan