Tom Cross http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Surprise move by House Speaker Madigan could clear way for pension overhaul http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/surprise-move-house-speaker-madigan-could-clear-way-pension-overhaul <p><em>Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield.</em></p><p>Illinois lawmakers will take a shot today at passing a massive overhaul of the state&#39;s pension system.</p><p>It&#39;s a move permitted by a surprise decision last night by House Speaker Michael Madigan, who handed control of the measure over to the top Republican in the House, Tom Cross.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 10:52:00 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 3817 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Surprise move by House Speaker Madigan could clear way for pension overhaul Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-december-13-2011 <p><strong>Mo. Supreme Court to hear&nbsp;arguments in public defender case </strong></p><p>A case that could decide how Missouri public defenders deal with case overload will be heard by the state&#39;s Supreme Court today. In July 2010 the public defender office in Christian County announced it had reached its case threshold and could take no more cases. The next month a judge assigned an indigent defendant to that office anyway&nbsp;and the public defender system filed suit.</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 15:25:42 +0000 Julie Bierach, WUIS & The Associated Press 2665 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, December 13, 2011