Amanda Vinicky

Illinois Statehouse Bureau Chief

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Illinois Legislature
4:02 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Motion Filed To Put Pension Law On Hold

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 4:54 pm

A court is being asked to prevent any aspect of Illinois' pension overhaul from taking effect, until it's decided whether the law is constitutional. A motion was filed Friday in Sangamon County Court.

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Illinois Legislature
1:50 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Committee Votes For $100 Million Toward Obama Library...Again

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 8:32 pm

  A legislative committee Wednesday voted to authorize spending $100 million to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Chicago ... for the second time.

Before he became President, Barack Obama served as an Illinois state senator and a U.S. senator. He worked as a community organizer in Chicago, and taught at the University of Chicago law school.

All reasons he might locate his presidential library and museum in Illinois.

But New York and Hawaii are also in the running.

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Legislature Debates IL Income Tax
8:38 am
Tue April 29, 2014

You First ... No, You First: Tax Hike Timing

Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:45 pm

The Illinois House will take the lead on whether Illinois keeps its 5 percent income tax. It's scheduled to roll back at the end of this year unless legislators take action.

It's happened in the past. The Illinois Senate will pass a controversial measure -- like a tax hike -- only for it to languish in the House.

Not this time.

Senate President John Cullerton says the Senate will vote on the tax question if and only if it first passes the House.

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Illinois Legislature
6:22 am
Thu April 24, 2014

House Holdup On Tax Hike, Minimum Wage

House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 3:43 pm

 Two major Democratic initiatives are still short the votes needed to pass, at least in the House, as the General Assembly heads into the final stretch of its spring session.

    

How to deal with Illinois' income tax rate is arguably the biggest issue looming over Illinois politics.

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Illinois Legislature
9:12 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Initial Obama Library Vote A "Misunderstanding"

President Barack Obama

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 8:05 pm

Illinois legislators will vote a second time on a plan to spend $100 million to help lure Barack Obama's Presidential Library and Museum to Chicago, following a controversy.

A lesson in politics: Whichever party is in charge can often use the rules to its advantage. Like last week, when the Obama library proposal passed out of a Democratic-controlled House committee with nine votes ... even though only five representatives were there. Republicans had skipped the hearing, and many say they're opposed to spending the money given Illinois' financial situation.

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