Ron Sandack http://wuis.org en Gay Rights Group To Help Some Republican Candidates http://wuis.org/post/gay-rights-group-help-some-republican-candidates <p>An advocacy group supporting gay and lesbian causes in Illinois is bolstering the campaign funds of two Republican lawmakers.<br />&nbsp;<br />Equality Illinois' political action committee says it plans to put $150,000 into the campaigns of candidates that support same-sex marriage before Tuesday's primary.<br />&nbsp;<br />That includes state Reps. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove and Ed Sullivan of Mundelein _ two of three GOP members of the House to vote to legalize same-sex marriage last fall. The third, state Rep. Tom Cross, is making a bid for state treasurer.<br />&nbsp; Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:53:00 +0000 Associated Press 20829 at http://wuis.org Gay Rights Group To Help Some Republican Candidates Reducing The Number Of State Laws Not So Simple http://wuis.org/post/reducing-number-state-laws-not-so-simple <p>The name “lawmaker” implies someone who helps pass laws.&nbsp; But some who serve in the role are critical of that part of the job description.&nbsp; Lee Strubinger looks at why they say there are too many laws on the books.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Every year when the Illinois General Assembly goes in to session, a regular drumbeat of new proposals are debated.&nbsp; They deal with topics from crime, to regulation and even seemingly innocuous measures to honor someone or something.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>More than 600 new laws were signed in the last year alone.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 20743 at http://wuis.org Reducing The Number Of State Laws Not So Simple Strange Bedfellows Could Kill Leaders' Pension Deal http://wuis.org/post/strange-bedfellows-could-kill-leaders-pension-deal <p>Illinois legislators will be asked today (12/3) to take what many say could be the most important vote of their careers. They've been called back to Springfield to take up a measure that would drastically alter the state's retirement plans. Doing so would have obvious ramifications for state employees, teachers and university workers whose pensions are at stake. But the impact of a vote is far more widespread. What happens could also affect everything from the state's credit rating and Illinois' next budget, to the 2014 elections. The outcome is anything but certain.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:21:51 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14208 at http://wuis.org Strange Bedfellows Could Kill Leaders' Pension Deal Cross, 2 Other Republicans Help Pass Same Sex Marriage In House http://wuis.org/post/cross-2-other-republicans-help-pass-same-sex-marriage-house <p>Former House minority leader Tom Cross is among three House Republicans who voted in favor of legislation allowing same-sex marriage in Illinois. &nbsp;</p><p>The Oswego Republican hadn't indicated how he'd vote prior to Tuesday when the House approved the bill 61-54. He currently is seeking higher office with a run for Illinois treasurer. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:17:58 +0000 Associated Press 12428 at http://wuis.org Cross, 2 Other Republicans Help Pass Same Sex Marriage In House Comptroller: All Legislative Paychecks Processed http://wuis.org/post/comptroller-all-legislative-paychecks-processed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>After going without pay for three months, Illinois legislators&#39; paychecks are in the bank.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Serving as a state senator or representative is technically a part-time job -- and for some, it is. For others, it is a full-time gig and sole source of income.</span></p><p>Which made it tough when Gov. Pat Quinn canceled General Assembly members&#39; pay over the summer because they failed to pass legislation to cut pension costs.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:08:38 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10127 at http://wuis.org Comptroller: All Legislative Paychecks Processed