Michael Madigan http://wuis.org en The Vanishing Millionaire Tax http://wuis.org/post/vanishing-millionaire-tax <p>House Speaker Michael Madigan pulled his plan for a so-called "millionaire tax" last week.&nbsp;&nbsp; The plan would have raised taxes on those earning $1 million or more a year, with the proceeds going to schools.&nbsp; It would have required a constitutional change.&nbsp;</p><p>Professor Brian Gaines has studied the idea.&nbsp; He's with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.&nbsp; He called Madigan's change of heart a bit surprising:</p><p><strong>Brian Gaines' essay on the "millionaire tax"</strong> -</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:04:43 +0000 Sean Crawford 23116 at http://wuis.org The Vanishing Millionaire Tax Madigan on Voting Rights: 'We Don't Know What The Future Holds' http://wuis.org/post/madigan-voting-rights-we-dont-know-what-future-holds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House has approved a proposal to add protections for voting rights to the Illinois Constitution.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The measure is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan himself.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In explaining why he thinks it's necessary, he recalled the federal Voting Rights Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to "modify" parts of that law.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:10:53 +0000 Brian Mackey 22627 at http://wuis.org Madigan on Voting Rights: 'We Don't Know What The Future Holds' Madigan Throws Support Behind Raising Minimum Wage http://wuis.org/post/madigan-throws-support-behind-raising-minimum-wage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>House Speaker Michael Madigan says there is "strong support" in the chamber for a hike in Illinois' minimum wage. That's one of the big issues in the governor's race.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Businesses don't like it, but a plan to raise Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25, to $10.65 an hour, is before the General Assembly.</span></p><p>Advocates continue to try to drum up the necessary votes.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:27:53 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22158 at http://wuis.org Madigan Throws Support Behind Raising Minimum Wage Madigan's Voting Rights Law Makes Strides http://wuis.org/post/madigans-voting-rights-law-makes-strides <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As other states enact stricter voting restrictions, Illinois lawmakers are looking to protect against suppression. A House committee Tuesday advanced the constitutional change.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was hard pressed when asked to give an example of a case in Illinois when an eligible voter was denied access to register or to take a ballot.</span></p><p>"I'm not in the position to cite examples ..."</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:00:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22151 at http://wuis.org Madigan's Voting Rights Law Makes Strides Madigan's 'Millionaire's Tax' Passes Legislative Hurdle http://wuis.org/post/madigans-millionaires-tax-passes-legislative-hurdle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A tax on millionaires is advancing through the General Assembly ... at the expense of a progressive income tax.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The so-called "Millionaire's Tax" would levy a three percent surcharge on income over a $1 million. House Speaker Michael Madigan says that should raise about a billion dollars, which Illinois would send exclusively to schools.</span></p><p>"My judgment was that it helps education and it calls upon those in the society that are better able to help fund education than others."</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:43:20 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21789 at http://wuis.org Madigan's 'Millionaire's Tax' Passes Legislative Hurdle Madigan To Call For Tax Vote In Spring Session http://wuis.org/post/madigan-call-tax-vote-spring-session <p>Following an announcement by Governor Pat Quinn in his budget speech Wednesday, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he plans to call a vote on making the state's tax increase permanent.</p><p>Madigan is chairman of the state Democratic party and has served as speaker for nearly 30 years.</p><p>He made the comments during an interview with Illinois Public Television following Gov. Pat Quinn's budget address in Springfield on Wednesday.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:34:44 +0000 Associated Press 21696 at http://wuis.org Madigan To Call For Tax Vote In Spring Session Search Warrants Issued For Lawmaker's Home, Office http://wuis.org/post/search-warrants-issued-lawmakers-home-office <p>Authorities say federal search warrants have been executed at the Elgin home and office of state Rep. Keith Farnham. &nbsp;</p><p>Randall Samborn is a spokesman with the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago. He says search warrants were executed Thursday by agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:28:03 +0000 Associated Press 20869 at http://wuis.org Search Warrants Issued For Lawmaker's Home, Office Speaker Madigan Proposes $100 Million For Obama Library http://wuis.org/post/speaker-madigan-proposes-100-million-obama-library <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois House are taking opposing views on whether Illinois should promise taxpayer money to try and lure President Barack Obama's library and museum to Chicago.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The head of Illinois' Democratic Party, Michael Madigan, wants Illinois to spend $100 million dollars on a Presidential Library and Museum for Barack Obama.</span></p><p>It's up to Obama to choose where it'll be located.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 02:25:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20189 at http://wuis.org Speaker Madigan Proposes $100 Million For Obama Library Madigan Proposes Corporate Tax Decrease http://wuis.org/post/madigan-proposes-corporate-tax-decrease <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to cut the state's corporate tax rate in half. It's an apparent about face on tax policy that's left some Republicans scratching their heads.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Madigan says his proposal aims to create a friendlier business climate in Illinois. Corporations would pay a 3.5 percent tax, down from the current 7 percent.</span></p><p>It's a sharp turn from three years ago when Madigan pushed to increase the corporate tax rate along with the individual income tax.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:50:37 +0000 Hannah Meisel 17979 at http://wuis.org Madigan Proposes Corporate Tax Decrease Don't Bank On Pension Savings Just Yet http://wuis.org/post/dont-bank-pension-savings-just-yet <p></p><p>With the new year comes the annual process of crafting a new state budget.&nbsp; Money will be tight, despite a pension law that's supposed to save $160 billion dollars over the next 30 years.</p><p>Legislators who voted to cut state employees' and teachers' retirement benefits say they had no choice. Nearly a fifth of the state budget was going into Illinois' pension systems. Meaning there was less money to spend elsewhere. The pension law is supposed to ease that so-called "squeeze."</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:20:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 16429 at http://wuis.org Don't Bank On Pension Savings Just Yet Justices Get Campaign Money From Groups Involved In Pension Battle http://wuis.org/post/justices-get-campaign-money-groups-involved-pension-battle <p>A published report says groups with ties to the pension-reform law adopted last month have contributed close to $3 million to Illinois Supreme Court justices who might decide its fate. &nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1aqJQ5n ) that six of seven justices have taken money in the past 13 years from labor unions, business groups and a political committee controlled by Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. &nbsp;<br />Retired teachers have sued to stop the pension-reform plan that cuts retiree benefits to reduce a $100 billion debt. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:55:23 +0000 Associated Press 16146 at http://wuis.org Justices Get Campaign Money From Groups Involved In Pension Battle Voices In The News 2013 http://wuis.org/post/voices-news-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we get ready to welcome 2014, we thought we’d take a few minutes to reflect on some of the voices in the news this past year in Illinois state politics and government. People in the Capitol were busy with same-sex marriage, medical marijuana, and dozens of other issues. What follows are a few of the more memorable moments.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:43:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 16041 at http://wuis.org Voices In The News 2013 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 Blagojevich's Arrest Anniversary: Reason To Celebrate? http://wuis.org/post/blagojevichs-arrest-anniversary-reason-celebrate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It's been five years to the day since FBI agents arrived at then Governor Rod Blagojevich's house to arrest him on charges of corruption. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison sentence, and for most Illinois politicians it's good riddance. Amanda Vinicky reports.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Fresh off the General Assembly's passing a law to overhaul the state's pensions, I had the chance to catch up with House Speaker Michael Madigan:</p><p>VINICKY: "It's the five year anniversary of Blagojevich's arrest coming up ... any reaction, any ...</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:15:41 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14574 at http://wuis.org Blagojevich's Arrest Anniversary: Reason To Celebrate? Madigan: Courts Could Pick And Choose On Pension Plan http://wuis.org/post/madigan-courts-could-pick-and-choose-pension-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois legislators may have passed a pension overhaul, but unions representing teachers and public employees have vowed to sue to stop it from taking effect. If they're successful, that could force lawmakers to go back to the drawing board.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:52:28 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14334 at http://wuis.org Madigan: Courts Could Pick And Choose On Pension Plan How They Finally Passed A Pension Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/how-they-finally-passed-pension-overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois General Assembly approved </span><a href="http://ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?GAID=12&amp;GA=98&amp;DocNum=1&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;SessionID=85&amp;LegID=68366&amp;SpecSess=&amp;Session=" style="line-height: 1.5;">sweeping cuts</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to state employee pensions Tuesday. The move comes after years of stalemate over how to address a hundred-billion dollar liability — the worst-funded pension plans of any state.</span></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 07:16:27 +0000 Brian Mackey 14275 at http://wuis.org How They Finally Passed A Pension Overhaul 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 Sweeping Pension Changes Approved http://wuis.org/post/sweeping-pension-changes-approved <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois General Assembly has approved sweeping changes to pensions for state employees. Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the legislation. It's intended to fix the worst-funded state retirement system in the country.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois is roughly $100 billion short of the money it promised to pay state employees, university workers, and public school teachers.</span></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:52:03 +0000 Brian Mackey 14268 at http://wuis.org Sweeping Pension Changes Approved Madigan: Pension Plans Are "Too Rich" http://wuis.org/post/madigan-pension-plans-are-too-rich <p>Illinois' House Speaker told a bipartisan legislative committee that the state's pension systems are ``just too rich'' to be afforded in the future. &nbsp;<br />Madigan is a Chicago Democrat and the state's longest-serving House Speaker. He says Tuesday that a $160 billion reform proposal was designed to keep long-term low-income workers in mind.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:34:11 +0000 Associated Press 14221 at http://wuis.org Madigan: Pension Plans Are "Too Rich" Pension Deal Reached; Vote Likely Next Week http://wuis.org/post/pension-deal-reached-vote-likely-next-week <p>House Speaker Michael Madigan says the vote on a pension deal will be ``very difficult'' when lawmakers gather for a special session next week. &nbsp;<br />Madigan spoke to reporters Wednesday after legislative leaders said they agreed on a proposal that will help solve Illinois' $100 billion pension crisis. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:03:18 +0000 Associated Press 13893 at http://wuis.org Pension Deal Reached; Vote Likely Next Week Quinn: Next Week Could End Pension Gridlock http://wuis.org/post/quinn-next-week-could-end-pension-gridlock <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says next week is another opportunity to tackle the state's $100 billion pension crisis. &nbsp;<br />Legislative leaders have been negotiating on a plan, which could come up next week if there's a special session in Springfield. House Speaker Michael Madigan has told representatives to be ready for a one-day session next Tuesday. The Senate has tentatively set some days aside next week. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:48:24 +0000 Associated Press 13816 at http://wuis.org Quinn: Next Week Could End Pension Gridlock Bishop To Hold 'Prayers of Exorcism' On Same-Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/bishop-hold-prayers-exorcism-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Roman Catholic </span><a href="http://www.dio.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bishop of Springfield</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plans a special prayer service the day same-sex marriage is to be signed into law. He says it's "scandalous" that so many Catholic politicians supported the legislation.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:32:32 +0000 Brian Mackey 13020 at http://wuis.org Bishop To Hold 'Prayers of Exorcism' On Same-Sex Marriage Lawmakers Told To Save The Date For Return To Capitol http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-told-save-date-return-capitol <p>A top aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan is telling Illinois lawmakers to be ready for a special session in Springfield in December.<br />&nbsp;<br />Madigan chief of staff Tim Mapes told Democrats in an email Wednesday that a ``possible'' session could begin Dec. 3. He told lawmakers to ``keep other days that week available.'' &nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:45:51 +0000 Sean Crawford 12974 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Told To Save The Date For Return To Capitol Black Lawmakers Block Chicago Gun Bill http://wuis.org/post/black-lawmakers-block-chicago-gun-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Chicago had a setback in Springfield Thursday.</span></p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing to increase prison sentences for people convicted of gun crimes. But on the last day of the Illinois legislature's fall veto session, a group of African-American legislators used a parliamentary maneuver to block him.</p><p>Such tactics are not uncommon in politics — but this was a rare example of Illinois Democrats pulling a fast one on members of their own party.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 12594 at http://wuis.org Black Lawmakers Block Chicago Gun Bill Madigan: Pensions Could Bring Lawmakers Back To Town http://wuis.org/post/madigan-pensions-could-bring-lawmakers-back-town <p>House Speaker Michael Madigan says he's prepared to pass a ``meaningful'' pension reform bill, and he hopes it will happen before the end of the year. &nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Democrat says legislative leaders are waiting for actuaries to crunch numbers on some proposals they're considering. Once they have the information he hopes lawmakers can return to Springfield and approve a bill. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 20:14:24 +0000 Associated Press 12477 at http://wuis.org Madigan: Pensions Could Bring Lawmakers Back To Town Listen To State Week - November 1, 2013 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-november-1-2013 <p></p><p>This week, an overview of the Fall Veto Session so far, the possibility of tax breaks for Archer Daniels Midland, and the dustup between House Speaker Madigan and the Better Government Association.</p><p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:34:01 +0000 Bob Meyer 12186 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - November 1, 2013 AFSCME's Henry Bayer Talks Pensions http://wuis.org/post/afscmes-henry-bayer-talks-pensions <p>Henry Bayer is the Executive Director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31.&nbsp; The role puts the union leader in the middle of several battles over benefits and working conditions.&nbsp; That includes the current dispute involving public pensions.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:04:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 11086 at http://wuis.org AFSCME's Henry Bayer Talks Pensions Ill. Supreme Court Will Hear Lawmaker Pay Dispute http://wuis.org/post/ill-supreme-court-will-hear-lawmaker-pay-dispute <p>The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s appeal of a ruling that his veto of money for lawmaker pay was unconstitutional.<br />The court issued its one-page order Wednesday without additional comment. A hearing date has not been set.&nbsp; Quinn vetoed money for lawmakers&#39; salaries in July because he said they didn&#39;t deserve to get paid until they address Illinois&#39; nearly $100 billion pension crisis. &nbsp; Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:41:31 +0000 Associated Press 11083 at http://wuis.org Ill. Supreme Court Will Hear Lawmaker Pay Dispute State Defends Hiring After Madigan Referral http://wuis.org/post/state-defends-hiring-after-madigan-referral <p>Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s administration says there should be no doubt about the qualifications of a former Metra transit employee hired by the state after a referral by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. &nbsp;<br />Central Management Services spokesman Mike Claffey&nbsp; says Patrick Ward worked for 25 years in Chicago&#39;s personnel department and has a master&#39;s degree with an emphasis in labor relations. &nbsp; Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:48:20 +0000 Associated Press 11065 at http://wuis.org State Defends Hiring After Madigan Referral Cullerton Backs Possible Pension Compromise http://wuis.org/post/cullerton-backs-possible-pension-compromise <p>The president of the Illinois Senate says he&#39;s backing a compromise pension reform plan that could save $138 billion by 2043. &nbsp;<br />Chicago Democrat John Cullerton tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/1btBYG2 ) that he&#39;s working to build support for the still-unfinished proposal being developed by a pension reform committee. Cullerton hopes lawmakers can begin to act on the plan during the upcoming Oct. 22 veto session. &nbsp; Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:37:49 +0000 Associated Press 10190 at http://wuis.org Cullerton Backs Possible Pension Compromise