Kwame Raoul http://wuis.org en Lawmakers Work To Replace Illinois' Eavesdropping Law http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-work-replace-illinois-eavesdropping-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Since the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state's eavesdropping law in March, it's been legal to record audio of someone without asking permission. But legislators are working on a replacement.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Supreme Court found the old law overly broad. It was a crime even to record in public, where people shouldn't really have an expectation of privacy. Because of that, Illinois' law was considered one of the strictest in the nation.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:10:19 +0000 Hannah Meisel 27540 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Work To Replace Illinois' Eavesdropping Law After Some Juvenile Arrests, A Fresh Start http://wuis.org/post/after-some-juvenile-arrests-fresh-start <p>A new law will automatically clear certain arrest records for juveniles when they turn 18. It’s meant to keep arrests that did not result in criminal charges from following kids into adulthood.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=978&amp;GAID=12&amp;GA=98&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegID=70667&amp;SessionID=85">law</a> applies only to arrests for lesser crimes β€” mostly non-violent. Sex offenses and top felonies will stay on the books, as will any arrest that resulted in formal criminal charges.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:00:50 +0000 Brian Mackey 26830 at http://wuis.org After Some Juvenile Arrests, A Fresh Start How Today's Pension Vote Will Go, Procedure-Wise http://wuis.org/post/how-todays-pension-vote-will-go-procedure-wise <p></p><p>This morning, legislators on a special, bipartisan panel formed to reach a compromise on Illinois' pension situation will once again meet in Springfield. Already, most of the committee's members have signed off on a deal.&nbsp; Beyond that, the measure's fate is uncertain.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:10:14 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14214 at http://wuis.org How Today's Pension Vote Will Go, Procedure-Wise Quinn Responds To Pension Absence, Begins Reach Out http://wuis.org/post/quinn-responds-pension-absence-begins-reach-out <p></p><p>Governor Pat Quinn went months without meeting with members of the special legislative committee formed to draft a new pension plan, but this month he has begun to reach out.</p><p></p><p>It was Quinn&#39;s idea to form a conference committee, to bridge differences between the House and Senate over how to reduce Illinois&#39; $100 billion pension debt.</p><p>But the ten members of that panel say other than phone calls welcoming them to the committee, he was absent from their talks from June on, leading to criticisms like this, from Rep. Jil Tracy, a Republican from Quincy.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:07:07 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11001 at http://wuis.org Quinn Responds To Pension Absence, Begins Reach Out 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 State Failed To Keep Tabs On Decatur Murder Suspect http://wuis.org/post/state-failed-keep-tabs-decatur-murder-suspect <p>Lawmakers say an early prison release law doesn&#39;t need changing despite a mistake in which a parolee now charged with murder was not properly monitored.<br />&nbsp;<br />Joshua A. Jones was set free in May five months early. He was charged with a Decatur murder three months later.<br />Documents and Associated Press interviews show Jones was supposed to be electronically monitored but was not. State prison officials say an employee<br />faces discipline.<br /> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 23:07:20 +0000 Associated Press 10151 at http://wuis.org State Failed To Keep Tabs On Decatur Murder Suspect Pension Conference Committee Progress Report http://wuis.org/post/pension-conference-committee-progress-report <p></p><p>It is approaching four months since the Illinois General Assembly adjourned its spring session. Lawmakers have missed two paychecks since the governor decided to punish them for not passing a pension overhaul. And a special committee has been negotiating over how to solve the pension problem for more than 12 weeks. Amanda Vinicky checks in with members of that committee for a progress report.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:46:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 9671 at http://wuis.org Pension Conference Committee Progress Report Daley Drops Out Of Governor's Race http://wuis.org/post/daley-drops-out-governors-race <p>Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley will not run for Illinois governor after all. His campaign spokesman says Daley will explain more at a press conference in Chicago Tuesday morning.</p><p></p><p>Daley has flirted with running for office before, only to back out.</p><p>This time, he insisted he was in it for keeps. In a campaign video about two months ago, Daley said "I'm committed to running for governor. There is no exploratory piece in this anymore."</p><p>But Daley's campaign confirmed Monday night that he's dropping out of the race.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 05:01:02 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8992 at http://wuis.org Daley Drops Out Of Governor's Race Pension Framework Could Save $145 Billion http://wuis.org/post/pension-framework-could-save-145-billion <p>A bipartisan panel tasked with solving Illinois' multibillion-dollar pension crisis is considering a framework that could save the state about $145 billion over 30 years. &nbsp;</p><p>The Associated Press on Friday obtained an outline of ideas the 10-person committee is considering. &nbsp;</p><p><br>It calls for ending automatic 3 percent cost-of-living increases for retirees. Increases would instead be linked to the rate of inflation. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:11:54 +0000 Sean Crawford 7795 at http://wuis.org Pension Framework Could Save $145 Billion Pension Chairman Raoul Possible Democratic Challenger http://wuis.org/post/pension-chairman-raoul-possible-democratic-challenger <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Pat Quinn already has one primary challenger, but there's talk he may get more.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>A lot of politicians are heading to the capital city this week; it's the State Fair, and a time for annual political meetings and rallies.</p><p>Democratic Sen.&nbsp;Kwame Raoul was driving down from Chicago Tuesday afternoon, in time for his fundraiser last night at a Springfield bar.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:43:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7248 at http://wuis.org Pension Chairman Raoul Possible Democratic Challenger After Long Silence, Quinn Aide Meets With Key Pension Lawmaker http://wuis.org/post/after-long-silence-quinn-aide-meets-key-pension-lawmaker <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A day after Illinois legislative leaders sued Governor Pat Quinn for vetoing lawmakers' salaries, the governor continued lashing out at the General Assembly for not passing a pension overhaul.</span></p><p>Quinn has consistently tried to portray himself as being engaged in the negotiations over pensions. But members of the legislative committee trying to come up with a compromise say that's not true.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 03:02:38 +0000 Brian Mackey 6581 at http://wuis.org After Long Silence, Quinn Aide Meets With Key Pension Lawmaker Pension Committee Won't Hit Gov's Deadline http://wuis.org/post/pension-committee-wont-hit-govs-deadline <p>A bipartisan panel finished a third meeting about the state's $97 billion pension crisis as another deadline set by Gov. Pat Quinn is set to lapse without a solution. &nbsp;<br>The group has now asked for reports of the cost-savings of a university-backed retirement funding proposal after meeting Monday in Springfield. Quinn gave the committee a Tuesday deadline to achieve pension reform. &nbsp;<br>Lawmakers moved to form the committee after a compromise couldn't be reached last month. &nbsp; Tue, 09 Jul 2013 00:18:13 +0000 Sean Crawford 5425 at http://wuis.org Pension Committee Won't Hit Gov's Deadline Quinn, Deadlines And Legislative Deadlock http://wuis.org/post/quinn-deadlines-and-legislative-deadlock <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday is the latest deadline Governor Pat Quinn has set for overhauling Illinois' pension systems.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's part of what's become an ongoing pattern: Quinn sets a deadline, the General Assembly fails to meet it, Quinn sets another deadline, et cetera.&nbsp;</span></p><p>We asked Brian Mackey to take a look at the phenomenon, and try to figure out what β€” if anything β€” it says about the governor.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:57:31 +0000 Brian Mackey 5372 at http://wuis.org Quinn, Deadlines And Legislative Deadlock Stalemate On When Pension Stalemate Must End http://wuis.org/post/stalemate-when-pension-stalemate-must-end <div style="text-indent:0;margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font size="3"><span style="font-weight:normal;font-variant:normal;text-transform:none;"><font face="Tahoma,sans-serif" size="4"><span style="font-size:13.5pt;">Gov. Pat Quinn's office says his July 9 deadline for a pension overhaul stands, even though the leader of a special legislative panel formed to come up with a solution says there's no way to meet it. </span></font></span></font></span></font></div><div style="text-indent:0;margin:0;"> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 22:33:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 5211 at http://wuis.org Stalemate On When Pension Stalemate Must End Senate Weighing Tight Concealed Carry Proposal http://wuis.org/post/senate-weighing-tight-concealed-carry-proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An Illinois Senate committee has approved legislation that would pave the way for concealed-carry of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">firearms in Illinois. But gun-rights advocates say it's too restrictive, and the measure faces an uphill climb.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 22:44:01 +0000 Brian Mackey 2800 at http://wuis.org Senate Weighing Tight Concealed Carry Proposal