conference committee http://wuis.org en 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 Legislative Leaders Take The Reins On Pensions http://wuis.org/post/legislative-leaders-take-reins-pensions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Overhauling Illinois' pension systems is no longer in the hands of the special committee of legislators that met all summer. How to reduce the state’s $100 billion of long-term pension debt is now in the hands of the General Assembly's four leaders.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All summer long, state employees and retirees concerned about their retirement benefits had their eyes on a bipartisan conference committee, but insiders say even the key panel members are no longer part of discussions.</span></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:22:32 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12803 at http://wuis.org Legislative Leaders Take The Reins On Pensions 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 Committee Considering Adding 401(k) Option http://wuis.org/post/pension-committee-considering-adding-401k-option <p></p><p>With an eye toward reaching an agreement in time for the upcoming veto session, legislators on a special pension committee met Friday in Chicago. The conversations focused on giving state employees and teachers a new style of retirement plan.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:24:37 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10801 at http://wuis.org Pension Committee Considering Adding 401(k) Option 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 Lawmakers Said To Be Compromising On Pensions http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-said-be-compromising-pensions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A member of the Illinois legislature's special committee on pensions says the group is closing in on a compromise. But it remains to be seen whether the measure will have enough support in the full General Assembly.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 10-members of the bipartisan conference committee have been meeting for more than a month. A good chunk of that time has been waiting for actuaries to analyze the various proposals — seeing how much of Illinois' nearly $100 billion in unfunded pension liabilities might be eliminated.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 6468 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Said To Be Compromising On Pensions Representative Says Pension Deal Could Happen Soon http://wuis.org/post/representative-says-pension-deal-could-happen-soon <p>An Illinois House and Senate conference committee will meet tomorrow in Chicago as members try to work out a compromise on the state's pension problem.<br>Ten lawmakers, six of them Democrats, make up the panel.&nbsp; It was formed after a pension deal eluded the General Assembly in the spring.&nbsp; <strong>Republican Jil Tracy of Mount Sterling</strong> is among those given the task of coming up with a solution. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:20:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 4767 at http://wuis.org Representative Says Pension Deal Could Happen Soon Legislature Forms Group Tasked With Finding Pension Fix http://wuis.org/post/legislature-forms-group-tasked-finding-pension-fix <p style="line-height: 24px; border: 0px; margin-bottom: 24px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif; font-size: 16px;">Governor Pat Quinn is giving legislators less than three weeks to come together on a pension overhaul. So far the formation of a rare “conference committee” is the only result of the special legislative session Quinn called to deal with the state’s pension problem.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:58:04 +0000 Rachel Otwell 4599 at http://wuis.org Legislature Forms Group Tasked With Finding Pension Fix Special Session's Special Move: Creating a Conference Committee http://wuis.org/post/special-sessions-special-move-creating-conference-committee <p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">Members of Illinois' General Assembly return to the capitol Wednesday for a special session on pensions, where they're expected to pass off the problem to a yet another legislative committee.&nbsp;</p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:32:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 4503 at http://wuis.org Special Session's Special Move: Creating a Conference Committee