Tom Cross

Jim Durkin
6:42 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Illinois House GOP Gets New Leader

Jim Durkin and Raymond Poe presented a united front after the closed-door caucus meeting.
Credit Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio

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.

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Bill Knight – March 21
11:04 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Proposals and Polls about Pension Reform

Bill Knight

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.

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Agreement with SEC
7:38 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Illinois to Release More Pension Info

Illinois will disclose more details about its underfunded pensions systems following an agreement with the Securities and Exchanges Commission.

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Pensions, Guns, and More
10:20 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Quinn Delivers State of the State Speech

Illinois lawmakers listen to Gov. Pat Quinn during his State of the State address
Credit Chris Slaby

It's the start of Illinois' new legislative session, and Governor Pat Quinn has now explained what he wants lawmakers to accomplish.  

In his fifth State of the State address since becoming governor, Quinn laid out a wide-ranging agenda:

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.

In addition, Quinn called for a ban on the sale of assault weapons.

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Clock Ticking on 2012 General Assembly
6:11 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Illinois House Adjourns Without Vote on Pension Plan

The Illinois Capitol Building

Over the protests of state employee unions, an Illinois House committee gave bipartisan support to a plan intended to repair Illinois' underfunded pensions.  But the full House adjourned Monday without taking a vote.

The legislation would leave workers paying more for a smaller retirement benefit.  House Republican leader Tom Cross said the change is necessary given the condition of Illinois' pension systems.

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Looking for Cost Savings
6:33 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Illinois House Votes to Eliminate Perk for Retirees

The Illinois Capitol building

Longtime state employees in Illinois would no longer be able get free health insurance  when they retire under legislation (SB 1313) approved by the Illinois House on May 9.

The  vote is part of a push to cut pension benefits for government retirees.  The governor, House speaker and other politicians want to save money  by cutting pensions, health care and other costs.

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Bargaining Chip
9:07 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Illinois Goes After Retiree Health Insurance

Retired state and public university employees in Illinois will have to pitch in for their health insurance under a measure approved by an Illinois House committee.

Free health insurance is a benefit given to retirees who worked long careers in Illinois government. Legislators who serve as little as four years also get free health care when they retire.

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