Sam McCann http://wuis.org en Republicans Want State Worker Wages Paid With Extra State Cash http://wuis.org/post/republicans-want-state-worker-wages-paid-extra-state-cash <p>A report says Illinois officials can look forward to more than a billion dollars in tax collections they hadn't been expecting this year. A group of lawmakers already has a plan for the money.</p><p></p><p>Thousands of state workers are owed an estimated 112 million dollars in back wages. Governor Pat Quinn negotiated raises with members of AFSCME back before the 2010 elections, but lawmakers never came through with the money to pay them.</p><p>Now some Republicans say this year's unexpected tax windfall ought to be used to finally make good on the contract.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 22:58:26 +0000 Lee Strubinger 24646 at http://wuis.org Republicans Want State Worker Wages Paid With Extra State Cash Lawmakers Aim To Ease Propane Cost In Cold Winter http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-aim-ease-propane-cost-cold-winter <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The polar vortex returned to the Midwest this week, with frigid temperatures making it difficult for Illinoisans to keep their houses warm. Winter has been especially harsh for people who heat with propane, which has seen a near four-fold price increase in the wake of a regional shortage.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Sen. Dale Righter (</span>R-Mattoon<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) says the cost of propane is forcing families to make difficult decisions.</span></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:49:16 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17849 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Aim To Ease Propane Cost In Cold Winter Illinois 'State Of The State' Address At Noon Today http://wuis.org/post/illinois-state-state-address-noon-today <p>Governor Pat Quinn gives his sixth State of the State address at noon today in Springfield. It comes in an election year that has Quinn seeking a second full term as governor.</p><p>Quinn has spent a lot of time talking about the state's pension problems in recent years. Now, with a bid for re-election on the line, he's turning to more populist issues, like an increase in the minimum wage.</p><p>Here's Quinn last month: "When we put more purchasing power in the hands of hard-working people, they're not going to admire the money in the bank vault."</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17852 at http://wuis.org Illinois 'State Of The State' Address At Noon Today