Illinois House http://wuis.org en Durkin Doubtful Pension Changes Will Happen This Fall http://wuis.org/post/durkin-doubtful-pension-changes-will-happen-fall <p>The newest leader in state government says he doubts pension reform will become reality during the upcoming fall veto session. Republican House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says it&#39;s not right to vote for something that&#39;s close to ideal just because there is fatigue surrounding the issue.</p><p>&quot;The issue needs to be done, but we need to do it right,&quot; Durkin said. &quot;But I am not going to just wave the white flag out of expediency because people have been worn down or they&#39;re tired of the issue and want to get it off their plates.&quot;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:43:46 +0000 Willis Kern 10045 at http://wuis.org Durkin Doubtful Pension Changes Will Happen This Fall Durkin Begins Work As Illinois House GOP Leader http://wuis.org/post/durkin-begins-work-illinois-house-gop-leader <p>State Rep. Jim Durkin is officially beginning his tenure as Republican leader in the Illinois House. &nbsp;<br>The Western Springs lawmaker was elected to the post last month but officially takes the reins Monday. &nbsp;<br>His predecessor, state Rep. Tom Cross of Oswego, stepped down to run for state treasurer. Cross held the position for a decade. &nbsp; Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:49:18 +0000 Associated Press 9488 at http://wuis.org Durkin Begins Work As Illinois House GOP Leader State Rep. Sacia: Resignation Next Month "Right Thing To Do" http://wuis.org/post/state-rep-sacia-resignation-next-month-right-thing-do <p></p><p>A northern Illinois Republican state legislator says he's stepping down at the end of September.<br>&nbsp;<br>Jim Sacia is in his sixth term in the Illinois House of Representatives. <a href="http://www.journalstandard.com/features/x1837075337/Rep-Jim-Sacia-decides-to-leave-Illinois-House-next-month">He tells the Freeport Journal-Standard</a> he vowed not to hold the 89th House District seat more than 12 years.</p><p>Sacia calls his early departure from the House the “right thing to do” so the GOP can pick someone to fill out his term and run for the next one.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:55:07 +0000 Associated Press 7749 at http://wuis.org State Rep. Sacia: Resignation Next Month "Right Thing To Do" Gov. Quinn Hints At August Special Session http://wuis.org/post/gov-quinn-hints-august-special-session-0 <p>Gov. Pat Quinn is hinting at the possibility of a special session on pensions when lawmakers are in Springfield next month for the Illinois State Fair.<br>A bipartisan panel is attempting to come up with a solution to the nearly $100 billion crisis after the House and Senate remained deadlocked. However the panel blew past Quinn's deadline on pensions and he halted their pay as a consequence.<br>Quinn told reporters Tuesday that legislators will be in Springfield for the annual days devoted to state political leaders. But he wouldn't specifically sayif that's his plan. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:39:24 +0000 Sean Crawford 6177 at http://wuis.org Gov. Quinn Hints At August Special Session Brauer Predicts Nothing Special In Special Session http://wuis.org/post/brauer-predicts-nothing-special-special-session <p>What will the special legislative session next week accomplish?</p><p>"Nothing," says Rep. Rich Brauer (R-Petersburg).&nbsp; Brauer was a guest on WUIS' Illinois Edition Thursday.&nbsp; He talks pensions, concealed carry, same sex marriage and the state budget:</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 4221 at http://wuis.org Brauer Predicts Nothing Special In Special Session