David Reis http://wuis.org en Lawmakers Push To Speed Up Fracking Even After Proposal Dies http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-push-speed-fracking-even-after-proposal-dies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers are giving up on an attempt to override state regulators in order to jumpstart </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Illinois. But they still say </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn's administration is dragging its feet on a potential economic boom.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:56:19 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26091 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Push To Speed Up Fracking Even After Proposal Dies 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 Marriage Debate Hinges On 'Freedom' http://wuis.org/post/marriage-debate-hinges-freedom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Same-sex marriage will soon be legal in Illinois. The House narrowly approved legislation Tuesday, and Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign it into law.</span></p><p>The vote came after months of intense lobbying, in which both sides claimed they were fighting for individual freedom.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been a busy year for people who care about same-sex marriage in Illinois. Supporters had an early victory on Valentine's Day, when the state Senate approved what backers call "marriage equality" legislation.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:38:18 +0000 Brian Mackey 12433 at http://wuis.org Marriage Debate Hinges On 'Freedom' Old Union Pay Raises Still In Limbo http://wuis.org/post/old-union-pay-raises-still-limbo <p>Union workers are <a href="http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1160897559/Back-pay-for-union-state-workers-unresolved">still</a> fighting for raises they were owed starting in 2011, but have <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-state-workers-see-pay-raises-107781">never</a> been paid. A court has ruled in their favor, but the Illinois legislature is still debating whether to make good.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To finally settle the pay raise issue, lawmakers would have to come up with about $100 million.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:35:06 +0000 Brian Mackey 11849 at http://wuis.org Old Union Pay Raises Still In Limbo