Elaine Nekritz http://wuis.org en Rating Agencies Not Worried About Pension Hold http://wuis.org/post/rating-agencies-not-worried-about-pension-hold <div style="margin:0;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Illinois' pension overhaul might be on hold, but credit ratings agencies say they're not concerned. Fri, 16 May 2014 01:05:26 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 25233 at http://wuis.org Rating Agencies Not Worried About Pension Hold State Budget: "It's All In Such A State Of Flux" http://wuis.org/post/state-budget-its-all-such-state-flux <p>After a weekend break, Senators will return to Springfield this afternoon, as the calendar draws closer to the scheduled May 31 adjournment.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the end of the month is a key date, it's another one, about a half a year away, that will largely guide much of what happens these next few weeks: the November election.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 10:02:04 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24918 at http://wuis.org State Budget: "It's All In Such A State Of Flux" Illinois Drivers Could Get Additional Chance To Drive After Convictions http://wuis.org/post/illinois-drivers-could-get-additional-chance-drive-after-convictions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois law says after four DUI convictions, that person can never drive again, not even if his or her offenses are long in the past. But one lawmaker wants to give people who've gotten their lives together another chance drive.</span></p><p></p><p>Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) says her bill was inspired by a constituent who had several DUIs in the past, but has been sober for years.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:55:09 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17445 at http://wuis.org Illinois Drivers Could Get Additional Chance To Drive After Convictions 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 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 Few Details On Pension Progress http://wuis.org/post/few-details-pension-progress <p>A panel of ten Illinois lawmakers has been working this summer to find a solution to Illinois' pension problem.&nbsp; With an unfunded liability of about 100-billion dollars, payments to the public pension systems are taking up a larger chunk of overall state government spending.&nbsp;</p><p>WUIS'&nbsp; Sean Crawford spoke with Representative Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat and one of the leaders in the push to change how retirement systems are funded.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:34:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 7530 at http://wuis.org Few Details On Pension Progress 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 Rep: Pension Shift Would Cost Schools Nothing http://wuis.org/post/rep-pension-shift-would-cost-schools-nothing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of the Illinois House continued pushing for their version of a pension overhaul Tuesday. The latest twist could affect how public school teachers' pensions are funded. Brian Mackey has more.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the more contentious issues in the debate over government pensions in Springfield has been who should pay for teachers' retirement benefits.</span></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 22:19:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 3383 at http://wuis.org Rep: Pension Shift Would Cost Schools Nothing House: Senate Plan Only Knocks 5-Percent Off Pension Debt http://wuis.org/post/house-senate-plan-only-knocks-5-percent-pension-debt <p></p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">A state pension overhaul backed by government employee unions may save only half of what advocates had promised.&nbsp; That underscores an ongoing battle between the House and Senate over pensions, with only ten days left in the legislative session. &nbsp;</p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 22:45:45 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3029 at http://wuis.org House: Senate Plan Only Knocks 5-Percent Off Pension Debt