Daniel Biss http://wuis.org en Prosecutor Backing Electronic Privacy Bill http://wuis.org/post/prosecutor-backing-electronic-privacy-bill <p>The Illinois Senate is considering limits on the ways law enforcement can use electronic tracking information. Both privacy advocates and police are in favor of the change.</p><p>With the popularity of GPS-enabled smart phones, many of us are constantly broadcasting our location. And Illinois law doesn't have much to say about how that information can and can't be used against us in court.</p><p>Privacy advocates want restrictions. And even law enforcement can be left guessing as to what's legal.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 19710 at http://wuis.org How Large Is Illinois' Pension Debt? Depends On Who You Ask http://wuis.org/post/how-large-illinois-pension-debt-depends-who-you-ask <p>The controversial new law that overhauls pensions for Illinois public workers is now facing legal challenges.</p><p>But even before it was passed, experts had been fighting over exactly how big the state’s pension crisis really is. The answer to that math problem could have a big impact on your wallet.</p><p>When pundits and politicians and reporters talk about Illinois’ monster pension problem...there’s this number that keeps coming up.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:46:00 +0000 Alex Keefe 18480 at http://wuis.org How Large Is Illinois' Pension Debt? Depends On Who You Ask 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 Plan Not Finalized, But The End May Be Near http://wuis.org/post/pension-plan-not-finalized-end-may-be-near <p>Legislators writing an overhaul of the state's pension systems could be nearing the end of their work.</p><p>Feedback's been plentiful since late last month, when a draft of a pension plan drawn up by a bipartisan legislative committee was leaked. Unions hate it - saying it overreaches in cutting retirement benefits. Business groups say it doesn't go far enough to save the state money. Not to mention complaints, including from the governor, that the committee is taking too long.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:50:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8374 at http://wuis.org Pension Plan Not Finalized, But The End May Be Near Law Enforcement Drones Will Require A Warrant (With A Few Exceptions) http://wuis.org/post/law-enforcement-drones-will-require-warrant-few-exceptions <p>Illinois will regulate the use of drones by law enforcement under a bill signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.<br><br>The Chicago Democrat signed the measure Tuesday. Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman says the governor signed the law to protect people's right to privacy.<br>&nbsp;<br>Drones are sophisticated, unmanned aircraft that authorities are considering for aerial surveillance. The law requires authorities to obtain a search warrant before using a drone to collect information.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>&nbsp; Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:42:01 +0000 Associated Press 7975 at http://wuis.org Law Enforcement Drones Will Require A Warrant (With A Few Exceptions) Debate Over University Research Open Access http://wuis.org/post/debate-over-university-research-open-access-0 <p>Illinois' public universities could have to share more of their research, under a new state law.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pick a subject. Any subject.&nbsp; And two things are likely true:</span></p><p>-someone at a university is researching it, and</p><p>-the results of that research are getting published, probably in a scholarly journal.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:41:52 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7215 at http://wuis.org