This week's topics include the Illinois Inspector General's investigation into possible political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation. Also, an overview of the state's rules and regulations regarding medical marijuana.
This week, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner proposed more ways to fix the state's budget woes. Also, a state legislative commission has pushed back the investigation into Governor pat Quinn's controversial Neighborhood Recovery Initiative until October.
This week, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that state employee pension benefits are protected under the state constitution, countering lawmaker's efforts to overhaul the state's underfunded pension system.
Topics this week include gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner's latest statements on how to balance the state budget and the latest questions about why his daughter was accepted as a student at an elite Chicago high school. Also, Governor Pat Quinn facing criticism after a disastrous audit of his Chicago anti-violence program.
Citizen initiatives on redistricting and term limits are facing challenges on their way toward inclusion on the November ballot. Governor Quinn signs legislation undoing cuts to the Medicaid program. Also, Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam loses his bid to join the House leadership team in Washington D.C.
This week, gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner chimes in on how to fix the state's budget woes. Also, State Representative Derrick Smith loses his seat after his conviction on Federal corruption charges, and new developments in the case leveled against state Treasurer Dan Rutherford.
As the Spring Session nears its end, the House and Senate agree on a state spending plan, but a decision on keeping the state income tax at its current level will probably be held off until after November. Also, House Speaker Madigan suggests divorcing the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency.
This week the Illinois House passed a spending bill that surpasses projected state revenues, leading to more debate over allowing the temporary income tax to expire. Also, judicial action has put the state's pension overhaul on hold.
House Speaker Michael Madigan is elected to a 5th term as Chairman of the Illinois Democratic party and more allegations are being made that patronage plays a factor in hiring decisions at the Illinois Department of Transportation.
This week, the legislature works to bring the proposed Barack Obama presidential library and museum to Chicago, more information on corruption charges leveled against lawmaker Derrick Smith, and the debate over charter schools currently taking place at the Statehouse.
This week, a discussion of a pair of constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall, the city of Chicago gets a pension overhaul, and Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner deals with an unwelcome endorsement.