Mike Madigan http://wuis.org en Quinn Tax Hike Plan Sets Stage For Governor's Race http://wuis.org/post/quinn-tax-hike-plan-sets-stage-governors-race <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:23 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21716 at http://wuis.org Quinn Tax Hike Plan Sets Stage For Governor's Race Madigan: Resist Temptation To Cave To Corporate Officials' Demands http://wuis.org/post/madigan-resist-temptation-cave-corporate-officials-demands <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A day after Office Depot announced it would stay in Florida rather than move to Illinois, the speaker of the House says Illinois needs to end its practice of offering tax incentives on a case-by-case basis.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:19:54 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14830 at http://wuis.org Madigan: Resist Temptation To Cave To Corporate Officials' Demands ADM Unlikely To Get Tax Credit Before End Of Year http://wuis.org/post/adm-unlikely-get-tax-credit-end-year <p>While much of the attention was focused on pensions, state legislators yesterday also dealt with measures intended to get a trio of companies to call Illinois home. But they only got halfway there.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland is shopping for a new world headquarters. The agribusiness giant may well choose Chicago; but it wants a tax break from Illinois, like in a measure approved by the Senate.</span></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 05:32:43 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14274 at http://wuis.org ADM Unlikely To Get Tax Credit Before End Of Year Leaders Reach Pension Deal; Now Drumming Up Votes http://wuis.org/post/leaders-reach-pension-deal-now-drumming-votes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The leaders of Illinois' General Assembly have reached a deal on pensions. But now they have to persuade legislators to go along with it. The House and Senate will meet in Springfield Tuesday (12/3) to debate the measure.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 22:49:43 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 13921 at http://wuis.org Leaders Reach Pension Deal; Now Drumming Up Votes Democrats' Divide Deeper Than Quinn v. Daley http://wuis.org/post/democrats-divide-deeper-quinn-v-daley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois Democrats put on happy faces Wednesday in Springfield for one of the party's biggest annual gatherings.&nbsp; But even as they brushed off suggestions of turmoil and division within their ranks, a prominent member of the party was being sentenced to prison, another didn't show up and there's a battle for the top of the state Democratic ticket. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:59:13 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7316 at http://wuis.org Democrats' Divide Deeper Than Quinn v. Daley Lisa Madigan Not Running For Governor http://wuis.org/post/lisa-madigan-not-running-governor <p>After months of speculation that Gov. Pat Quinn would face a primary challenge from Lisa Madigan, the Attorney General announced Monday she would not run for governor.</p><p>Madigan says she will seek a fourth term instead of challenging Quinn for the Democratic nomination.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 01:15:43 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 5793 at http://wuis.org Lisa Madigan Not Running For Governor Illinois Chamber President Urges Pension Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/illinois-chamber-president-urges-pension-overhaul <p></p><p>Doug Whitley, President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, says the state's underfunded pension systems are wreaking havoc in other areas.&nbsp; He says the growing cost of pension payments is forcing Illinois government to spend less on areas like education and infrastructure.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:16:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 5156 at http://wuis.org Illinois Chamber President Urges Pension Overhaul Lawmakers Will Address Concealed Carry Next Week http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-will-address-concealed-carry-next-week <p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:38:01 +0000 Associated Press 5148 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Will Address Concealed Carry Next Week 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 Pension Solution Eludes Top Democrats ... Still http://wuis.org/post/pension-solution-eludes-top-democrats-still <p>Even as the legislative session winds down -- its last day is Friday -- there's no agreement on a solution to the state's pension problem. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It's not like the problem came out of nowhere.&nbsp; The $100 billion dollars of unfunded liability accumulated over decades.</p><p>And legislators have been talking about what to do about it for years.&nbsp;&nbsp; Especially this session.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3458 at http://wuis.org Pension Solution Eludes Top Democrats ... Still With Days To Go, Crunch Time In Springfield http://wuis.org/post/days-go-crunch-time-springfield <p>While many people across Illinois had Monday off from work for Memorial Day, the members of the Illinois General Assembly were meeting in Springfield. Just four days remain until lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn for the summer. The last week of session is a time for individual legislators to shine — or stumble — as months of hard work on legislation culminates in long-awaited votes. We took a look at some of this week's key players in Springfield.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:50:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 3318 at http://wuis.org With Days To Go, Crunch Time In Springfield A Full Legislative Agenda With Only Five Days Left http://wuis.org/post/full-legislative-agenda-only-five-days-left <p></p><p>There are five days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session. Legislators have a lot of work ahead of them. &nbsp;The House adjourns on Memorial Day at noon; the Senate convenes at 4 p.m.</p><p> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 01:13:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3285 at http://wuis.org A Full Legislative Agenda With Only Five Days Left Is There Justice In Leaving Judges' Pensions Unscathed? http://wuis.org/post/there-justice-leaving-judges-pensions-unscathed <p></p><p>Illinois lawmakers remain at odds over how to handle the state's $100 billion of pension debt.&nbsp; But there's a chance that this spring the General Assembly may finally do something about it.&nbsp; After years of no major action, there are not one, but two major packages designed to reign in Illinois' retirement costs.&nbsp; The House and Senate passed competing plans.&nbsp; Both of them seek to save Illinois money by cutting current and retired government workers' benefits.&nbsp; But&nbsp;one important group of government workers are being left out of both deals - judges.</p> Sat, 25 May 2013 13:27:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3170 at http://wuis.org Is There Justice In Leaving Judges' Pensions Unscathed? Illinois House Approves Pension Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/illinois-house-approves-pension-overhaul <p>The Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday approved a <a href="http://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=1&amp;GAID=12&amp;GA=98&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegID=68366&amp;SessionID=85">massive overhaul</a> of state pensions. It's the first time the House has passed such a plan after more than a year of negotiating and many failed attempts.</p><p>Its also the first time Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, put his full support behind a specific proposal.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:09:26 +0000 Brian Mackey 2099 at http://wuis.org