Tom Cross http://tspr.org en Illinois House GOP Gets New Leader http://tspr.org/post/illinois-house-gop-gets-new-leader <p>After plenty of squabbles, negotiating, and even name-calling, it took less than an hour for House Republicans to elect Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs as their new leader. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 23:42:30 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 39772 at http://tspr.org Illinois House GOP Gets New Leader Proposals and Polls about Pension Reform http://tspr.org/post/proposals-and-polls-about-pension-reform <p>Most Illinois House members recently backed a measure to limit the salary on which public employees’ retirement benefits could be based. One of a few proposals to address the state’s $96 billion pension shortfall, it was seen as a test vote as lawmakers grapple with some way to make good on years of the legislature failing to make its payments.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:04:54 +0000 Bill Knight 30725 at http://tspr.org Proposals and Polls about Pension Reform Illinois to Release More Pension Info http://tspr.org/post/illinois-release-more-pension-info <p>Illinois will disclose more details about its underfunded pensions systems following an agreement with the Securities and Exchanges Commission. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:38:43 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 30262 at http://tspr.org Illinois to Release More Pension Info Quinn Delivers State of the State Speech http://tspr.org/post/quinn-delivers-state-state-speech <p>It's the start of Illinois' new legislative session, and Governor Pat Quinn has now explained what he wants lawmakers to accomplish.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In his fifth State of the State address since becoming governor, Quinn laid out a wide-ranging agenda:</p><p>He wants to allow same-sex couples get married and he wants to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour. He also said lawmakers should pass a measure that would allow voters to register online.</p><p></p><p>In addition, Quinn called for a ban on the sale of assault weapons.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 04:20:51 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 28473 at http://tspr.org Quinn Delivers State of the State Speech Illinois House Adjourns Without Vote on Pension Plan http://tspr.org/post/illinois-house-adjourns-without-vote-pension-plan <p>Over the protests of state employee unions, an Illinois House committee gave bipartisan support to a plan intended to repair Illinois' underfunded pensions.&nbsp; But the full House adjourned Monday without taking a vote.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The legislation would leave workers paying more for a smaller retirement benefit. &nbsp;House Republican leader Tom Cross said the change is necessary given the condition of Illinois' pension systems.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:11:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 26903 at http://tspr.org Illinois House Adjourns Without Vote on Pension Plan