Four Tops http://wuis.org en 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 Cook County's Durkin Elected House GOP Leader http://wuis.org/post/cook-countys-durkin-elected-house-gop-leader <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In a rare turn of events, Illinois' General Assembly will have a leadership change mid-way through the two-year legislative session. It's set in motion by House Republican Leader Tom Cross's decision to step down, he's expected to soon announce a run for state treasurer. Republican members of the House met Thursday in Springfield to choose his replacement. Longtime Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) claimed the title.</p><p></p><p>It wasn't supposed to happen so fast.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:26:53 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8140 at http://wuis.org Cook County's Durkin Elected House GOP Leader