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Legislators Weigh In on IL Pension Ruling
Friday, November 21, 2014 2:47 PM
Legislative leaders are hoping for more clarity in the wake of a judge's decision to strike down Illinois' pension overhaul as unconstitutional. Labor unions and retirees sued over the overhaul Gov. Pat Quinn signed last year. The law reduces benefits for retirees, but also reduces employee contributions. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin says the ruling was expected. He's urging both ...
Cullerton: IL Gov.-Elect Given 'First Victory'
Thursday, November 20, 2014 1:00 PM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says lawmakers are heeding Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's advice and won't extend the state's temporary income tax increase. Rauner advised lawmakers not to take up any substantive issues before he's sworn in. Cullerton says Rauner has "a little honeymoon period'' during his first weeks in office and the Legislature is "giving him his first ...
Rauner Asks Quinn to Freeze Transition Hiring
Thursday, November 20, 2014 11:43 AM
Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is calling on outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn to freeze all hiring in the final weeks of his term. Rauner spoke Thursday at the Capitol, where he's meeting with elected officials in preparation for taking office Jan. 12. The Winnetka Republican says he wants Quinn to agree not to make any additional hires or appointments. He also wants the Chicago Democrat to ...
Rauner Details Work of Transition Team
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2:00 PM
Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has detailed what some members of his transition team will be doing before the Winnetka Republican takes office in January. In a news release, Rauner spells out 10 areas where the advisers will focus. That includes education, healthcare, agriculture, economic development, energy and veterans. The most well-known people on the list include Caterpillar ...
Quinn Will Use Private Funds for Official Portrait
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 6:54 AM
Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll rely on private funds to pay for his official portrait that will hang at the state Capitol in Springfield. Commissioning a portrait is among a governor's final acts. Some have used state funds. Quinn spokesman Dave Blanchette said Tuesday that Quinn won't tap taxpayers. David Bourland is the Executive Mansion's curator ...
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