Chris Mooney en Legislator Pay: Too Much or Too Little? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state senator and candidate for higher office on Thursday sought some attention for giving up a portion of his pay. This comes after Illinois lawmakers — for the first time in years — did not vote to symbolically cut their own pay. This form of salary self-denial has become popular in Illinois, but its roots are much deeper than that.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The base salary for a member of the Illinois General Assembly is $67,836 a year.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:43:31 +0000 Brian Mackey 26709 at Legislator Pay: Too Much or Too Little? Reducing The Number Of State Laws Not So Simple <p>The name “lawmaker” implies someone who helps pass laws.&nbsp; But some who serve in the role are critical of that part of the job description.&nbsp; Lee Strubinger looks at why they say there are too many laws on the books.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Every year when the Illinois General Assembly goes in to session, a regular drumbeat of new proposals are debated.&nbsp; They deal with topics from crime, to regulation and even seemingly innocuous measures to honor someone or something.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>More than 600 new laws were signed in the last year alone.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 20743 at Reducing The Number Of State Laws Not So Simple Across The Board Budget Cutting Is Not So Simple <p>When politicians talk about budgets, someone invariably brings up the idea of across the board spending cuts.&nbsp;&nbsp; It's easy to understand.&nbsp; it also plays into an inherent fear of big government.</p><p>WUIS'&nbsp; Sean Crawford talked with Chris Mooney, the Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mooney wrote about the topic as part of a new project called the <a href="">Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox.&nbsp;</a></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 19881 at Across The Board Budget Cutting Is Not So Simple Lawmakers' Light Spring Calendar Allows For Campaigning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Legislators will descend on the capital city Wednesday, to hear the governor's annual state-of-the-state address. It's the first day they'll be in Springfield this year.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The General Assembly had a jam-packed 2013. It started with new members being sworn into office, and ended with new laws legalizing same-sex marriage and overhauling state pensions.</span></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:28:30 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 17927 at Lawmakers' Light Spring Calendar Allows For Campaigning What's The Deal With 'Exploring' Candidates? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday's declaration by Bill Daley that he was </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">"officially" running for governor</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was one of the least surprising announcements of this political season. You could be forgiven for thinking he was already running in the Democratic primary. But Daley insists that until this week, he was just "exploring" a bid for governor.</span></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:07:07 +0000 Brian Mackey 6524 at What's The Deal With 'Exploring' Candidates? 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 — if anything — it says about the governor.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:57:31 +0000 Brian Mackey 5372 at Quinn, Deadlines And Legislative Deadlock