Matt Murphy http://wuis.org en GOP Lawmaker Wants Quinn To Testify http://wuis.org/post/gop-lawmaker-wants-quinn-testify <p>A Republican lawmaker wants Gov. Pat Quinn to testify before a legislative commission over a scandal-plagued anti-violence program. &nbsp;</p><p>State Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine is a frequent critic of Quinn. He claimed Wednesday that Quinn is ``hiding'' as an audit commission probes the Chicago Democrat's approximately $55 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:46:05 +0000 Associated Press 28027 at http://wuis.org GOP Lawmaker Wants Quinn To Testify General Assembly Adjourns With Much Undone http://wuis.org/post/general-assembly-adjourns-much-undone <p>The General Assembly finished its legislative session shortly after midnight Saturday, approving a billion-dollar road construction program.</p><p>Democrats started the session with an ambitious agenda: raise the minimum wage, boost college assistance for low-income students, maybe even change Illinois' flat tax into a graduated one. In the end, none of that happened.</p> Sat, 31 May 2014 07:45:51 +0000 Brian Mackey 26314 at http://wuis.org General Assembly Adjourns With Much Undone Senate Approves School Funding Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/senate-approves-school-funding-overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Illinois Senate has passed a plan to overhaul the way schools are funded. But the proposal has a long way to go before becoming law.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After months of negotiations and with just four days left on the General Assembly's spring calendar, the measure was deemed "ready for primetime." The plan would direct state funding to more impoverished schools and divert funding from schools in wealthier areas.</span></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 05:33:02 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26052 at http://wuis.org Senate Approves School Funding Overhaul Analysis Shows School Funding Plan Would Benefit Downstate Districts http://wuis.org/post/analysis-shows-school-funding-plan-would-benefit-downstate-districts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Downstate schools would be the primary winners under a proposed school funding overhaul before the General Assembly. A report from Illinois' board of education could lead to a regional divide when it comes up for a vote.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' public school system relies heavily on property taxes, often meaning the quality of a student's education will depend on his or her zip code.</span></p><p>But a proposal in the General Assembly would completely change the state's complicated funding formula.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 04:05:01 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24650 at http://wuis.org Analysis Shows School Funding Plan Would Benefit Downstate Districts Pension Savings Estimate Lowered — But Is It A Big Deal? http://wuis.org/post/pension-savings-estimate-lowered-it-big-deal <p>A new <a href="http://cgfa.ilga.gov/Upload/SEGAL_Actuarial_Analysis_PA98-0599(SB1).pdf">report (PDF)</a> says Illinois' pension overhaul will save less money than advertised. Some politicians are trying to make hay out of that. But it might not be such a big deal.</p><p>The pension vote came with promises of big savings — $160 billion. Then, after it was already law, a new analysis of the bill said, well, maybe we'll save $145 billion.</p><p>This latest report puts savings even lower, at $137 billion.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 21714 at http://wuis.org Pension Savings Estimate Lowered — But Is It A Big Deal? Audit Slams Anti-Violence Program Pushed By Quinn http://wuis.org/post/audit-slams-anti-violence-program-pushed-quinn <p>An audit Tuesday criticized an anti-violence program Governor Pat Quinn pushed during his 2010 election campaign.Republicans wasted no time in calling for an investigation.</p><p>The non-partisan audit (<a href="http://auditor.illinois.gov/Audit-Reports/Performance-Special-Multi/Performance-Audits/2014_Releases/14-IVPA-NRI-Perf-Full.pdf">PDF</a>) says the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative was "hastily implemented" and did not use standard financial safeguards.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:50:54 +0000 Brian Mackey 19711 at http://wuis.org Audit Slams Anti-Violence Program Pushed By Quinn Voices In The News 2013 http://wuis.org/post/voices-news-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we get ready to welcome 2014, we thought we’d take a few minutes to reflect on some of the voices in the news this past year in Illinois state politics and government. People in the Capitol were busy with same-sex marriage, medical marijuana, and dozens of other issues. What follows are a few of the more memorable moments.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:43:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 16041 at http://wuis.org Voices In The News 2013 Gov. Quinn "AWOL" From Pension Committee's Talks http://wuis.org/post/gov-quinn-awol-pension-committees-talks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As he runs for re-election, </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn is staking a lot on getting something done with pensions. He making a show of asking the state Supreme Court let him cancel legislators&#39; salaries until it&#39;s done, and he says he won&#39;t deal with other major issues before the General Assembly -- like using tax credits to keep ADM headquartered in Illinois -- until there&#39;s what he calls a &quot;comprehensive pension solution.&quot; But it&#39;s hard to tell just what that means. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:23:28 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10943 at http://wuis.org Gov. Quinn "AWOL" From Pension Committee's Talks