May 01, 2013

House Committee OKs Madigan Pension Plan

An Illinois House committee is endorsing a plan by Speaker Michael Madigan to tackle a Goliath-sized public-employee pension deficit. The Personnel and Pensions Committee OK'd the Chicago Democrat's plan 9-1 Wednesday.


April 30, 2013

AFSCME to Re-Vote on State Contract

Illinois’ new deal with the state’s largest public employees union could be null and void. The union is going to take a second vote on its contract agreement with Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration.


college smoking
(Mike Groll/AP)
April 30, 2013

UI Campus Delays Smoking Ban

A plan to make the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus smoke free by the end of November has been postponed until January.


April 30, 2013

Madigan Proposes Illinois Pension Changes

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is proposing a comprehensive pension-reform package that caps the salary on which a pension can be based and limits annual cost-of-living increases.


Rita Crundwell
(Robert Ray/AP)
April 30, 2013

State Charges Dropped Against Ex-Dixon Comptroller

Prosecutors have dropped state charges against former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell, who has already admitted in federal court that she stole nearly $54 million in public money.


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