Illinois House http://tspr.org en House Votes To Undo Medicaid Cuts On Adult Dental, Podiatry http://tspr.org/post/house-votes-undo-medicaid-cuts-adult-dental-podiatry <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Karen Roach/iStockphoto.com" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/medicaid-istock_5540837-3a489b4781a2d5d3c8d08556d4264ea667af91ae-s40-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p>The Illinois House has voted to <a href="http://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=741&GAID=12&GA=98&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=70138&SessionID=85">undo a series of cuts</a> in the state's program of health care for the poor. Thu, 29 May 2014 12:28:20 +0000 Brian Mackey 54004 at http://tspr.org House Votes To Undo Medicaid Cuts On Adult Dental, Podiatry Madigan Talks About Pension Challenge http://tspr.org/post/madigan-talks-about-pension-challenge <p>Illinois lawmakers continue to wrestle with the state&#39;s soaring pension costs.&nbsp;<br /><br />The General Assembly is set to adjourn May 31, yet at this time it&#39;s still unclear which -- if any -- of the various proposals to reduce pension costs will pass.&nbsp;<br /><br />Unions are fighting efforts that would reduce benefits for state workers, university employees, and public school teachers.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 21:08:49 +0000 Rich Egger 15939 at http://tspr.org Madigan Talks About Pension Challenge 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 Committee Endorses New Math Standard http://tspr.org/post/illinois-committee-endorses-new-math-standard <p>An Illinois House education panel okayed a plan that would change math standards for middle and high school students.<br /><br />The measure was developed by Democratic Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. It would require the State Board of Education to develop a curriculum that includes an extra year of math in high schools. Currently only three years are required by the state, though many schools already require four years.<br /><br />Simon has visited each of the state&#39;s 48 community colleges and said she repeatedly heard students lacked math skills.<br /> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 19:06:59 +0000 Rich Egger 14075 at http://tspr.org Illinois Committee Endorses New Math Standard