Tom Cross

Rich Egger

State Senator Mike Frerichs (D-Urbana) appears to have won the race to be Illinois’ next state treasurer.

Peoria Public Radio

There are still thousands of votes yet to be counted in the race for Illinois State Treasurer.

As the campaign for Illinois treasurer winds down, a dispute over the Bright Start program is flaring up.

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.

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.

Illinois to Release More Pension Info

Mar 11, 2013

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

Quinn Delivers State of the State Speech

Feb 6, 2013
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.

Illinois House Adjourns Without Vote on Pension Plan

Jan 7, 2013

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.

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.

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.