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John Cullerton

Two very different approaches to solving Illinois' pension crisis

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In the final two weeks of the 2013 spring legislative session, lawmakers are weighing two bills that address what is arguably the greatest financial crisis in state history.

Illinois House Should Pass Fair Pension Bill, SB 2404

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 07.21.2013 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

On a range of issues, our state faces tough problems that can only be solved by stakeholders and elected officials working together. The new pension reform legislation, Senate Bill 2404, shows the way.

Senate To Take Up Union-Backed Pension Reform Bill

Reuters | Posted 07.07.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO, May 6 (Reuters) - A union-backed plan to reform the worst-funded state pension system in the United States will be introduced in the Illino...

Pension Fix Faces Political, Legal Hurdles

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2013 | Chicago

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, April 7 (Reuters) - Illinois lawmakers begin a two-month push on Monday to enact major pension reform, under ...

Corporations in Illinois: What Have You Got to Hide?

George Goehl | Posted 03.05.2013 | Chicago
George Goehl

All the legislation does is require that corporations disclose how much they pay to the state. Working families in the state are paying taxes. All we want to do is make sure the big corporations are doing the same. If they have nothing to hide, why do they care?

Election Winners and Losers in Illinois

Kyle Hillman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Elections have consequences and none more so than in Illinois. While the obvious places of change (State House & Senate and Congressional races) became clear throughout Tuesday night, the less obvious is becoming clearer everyday after.

Senate President's Son Facing Criminal Charges.. Again

Posted 06.06.2012 | Chicago

The son of Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is facing criminal charges after a bouncer told police the 28-year-old threatened to punch him. ...

Illinois Legislators Vote To Double Cigarette Tax

Posted 05.30.2012 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate voted 31-27 Tuesday in favor of raising the state tax on cigarettes by $1, from 98 cents to $1.98 per pack. The House approved ...

Bill Banning Legislative Scholarships Faces Uncertain Future

Posted 03.27.2012 | Chicago

A bill aimed at dismantling Illinois's abuse-ridden legislative scholarship program last week was approved by the state House, but its future in the S...

Statewide Cell Phone Ban Advances In Springfield

Posted 03.09.2012 | Chicago

The Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday advanced legislation that would ban drivers statewide from using cell phones while on the road, thou...

Joseph Erbentraut

Two Lesbian Activists Square Off In Statehouse Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.22.2012 | Chicago

When long-time Chicago lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist Kelly Cassidy was appointed last spring to the Illinois Statehouse of Represent...

Is Illinois 'Taxing And Spending Itself Into Oblivion'?

Posted 02.02.2012 | Chicago

One day after Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his second State of the State address, it would be difficult to find a single state leg...

Tax Cuts For Corporations Could Be Approved Tuesday

Posted 01.07.2012 | Chicago

Though a proposal that would have drastically cut the state income taxes of CME Group, CBOE Holdings and Sears Holdings Corp. stalled in the Illinois ...

Casino Bill Remains At Standstill

Posted 12.28.2011 | Chicago

With the installation of almost 40,000 new gaming positions potentially at stake statewide, the casino expansion bill which languished in legislative ...

CME Group, CBOE Tax Cuts Up For Debate In Springfield

Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago

A proposal introduced by Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D) Monday that drastically cuts state income taxes for CME Group and CBOE Holdings ...

Michael Madigan To Block Quinn's Attempt To End Controversial Legislative Scholarship Program

Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago

Though Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has his eye set on dismantling the state's abuse-ridden legislative scholarship program, House Speaker Michael Madigan ...

Quinn, Emanuel Argue Over Casino, Potholes

Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel exchanged some feisty words in dueling press conferences Tuesday, suggesting that a bit of ...

WATCH: Rahm Has Big Plans For Casino Cash, Quinn Says Not So Fast

Posted 10.17.2011 | Chicago

Though Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel again came out in favor of the city's first-ever casino and the revenue and jobs he said will accompany it Tuesday, ...

Jody Weis Blasts Gambling Expansion Bill

Posted 10.04.2011 | Chicago

Former Chicago top cop and current Chicago Crime Commission deputy director Jody Weis came out Wednesday in staunch opposition to the massive gambling...

Paying To Play With Illinois Casino Expansion Bill?

Posted 09.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that the overwhelming majority of Illinois legislators who voted for a narrowly-approved casino expansion bill, wh...

State Gaming Regulator Calls Casino Expansion Bill 'Garbage'

Posted 09.13.2011 | Chicago

While Illinois Governor Pat Quinn continues to remain quiet about whether he will sign or veto the massive gaming expansion bill narrowly approved by ...

Quinn's Massive, Video Poker-Funded Stimulus Upheld In Court

Posted 09.10.2011 | Chicago

A controversial construction spending law, dubbed "Illinois Jobs Now!" by Governor Pat Quinn, received a much-needed shot in the arm Monday as the sta...

Chicago Hopes New Campaign Will Attract More Tourists

Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau is hoping to attract more visitors to the Windy City with a new, $6 million campaign: "Chicago, Second to None...

Quinn Approves New, Tougher Seat Belt Law

Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

In a move he hopes will lead to fewer deaths in traffic collisions, Governor Pat Quinn Monday signed a law broadening the state's existing seat belt l...

Joseph Erbentraut

Does Gambling Expansion Help Or Hurt Cash-Strapped States?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

As Illinois struggles with a massive budget shortfall, opponents of a controversial gambling expansion bill are wondering if the measure would cause m...