John Cullerton

Letting It Play Out in Court
10:26 am
Sun July 27, 2014

AFSCME Now Less Likely to Negotiate on Pensions

The Illinois Capitol building

Illinois lawmakers hope to have a second shot at reaching a compromise with public employees over pensions, but the unions are pinning their hopes on the court system.

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Illinois' Economy
9:47 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Moody's: Budget Could Undo 'Significant Progress'

"I don't know how you can blame us or the governor for a negative bond rating," Senate President John Cullerton says. "The Republicans are the ones saying, 'Don't raise the taxes, we don't need that. Make structural changes,' whatever that means."

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 8:46 am

The credit rating agency Moody's says Illinois is at risk of undermining progress toward better finances. It says the failure to extend current income tax rates could lead to a worsening deficit.

Moody's says because lawmakers failed to stop an automatic tax cut scheduled for the end of the year, Illinois could have to increase its backlog of unpaid bills. The state already has the lowest credit rating in the nation.

Republicans say this shows Illinois needs to further reduce costs, but Democratic Senate President John Cullerton says there isn't that much left to cut.

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Illinois Legislature
7:28 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Cullerton, Madigan Come To Budget Agreement, Will Revisit Revenue After Election

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 7:43 pm

  Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says he's come to an agreement on state spending with the speaker of the Illinois House. But Cullerton is leaving the door open for an income tax hike after the November election.

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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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Governor vs Legislative Leaders
3:54 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Over Paycheck Veto

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

The leaders of the Illinois House and Senate have filed a lawsuit over Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of legislative salaries.

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Cuts to Benefits
11:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Pension Plans Advance in Illinois Legislature

The Illinois Capitol building

The Illinois Senate has moved forward with a pair of measures (SB 1 and SB 35)  that would strip government workers of some of their pension benefits. The changes would impact state and university employees, as well as downstate and suburban public school teachers.

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Special Legislative Session
7:09 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Illinois Lawmakers to Tackle Pension Reform (Again)

Governor Pat Quinn
Rich Egger

Governor Pat Quinn has called lawmakers back to Springfield for a one-day special session to reform the state's pension systems.

But so far he doesn't have a plan beyond that.

"We've had proposals this year, we've had a working group this year, we've had discussions and negotiations this year," Quinn said. 

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Scandal Ridden Program
3:36 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Lawmakers Close to Ending Legislative Scholarships

The Illinois Capitol building

An Illinois Senate panel is supporting legislation (HB 3810) that would end a perk that lets legislators hand out free tuition at state universities.

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.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said problems with the scholarships are well-documented.

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