Illinois General Assembly http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ill. House expels Chicago Democrat over bribery allegations http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-house-expels-chicago-democrat-over-bribery-allegations <p>For the first time in more than a century, the Illinois House has expelled one of its members.</p><p>Lawmakers voted 100-6 on Friday to expel Chicago Democratic state Rep. Derrick Smith. And as Amanda Vinicky <a href="http://twitter.com/AmandaVinicky/statuses/236528159619690496">reports via Twitter</a>, House Speaker Michael Madigan asked that Smith's name be moved immediately from the chamber's roll.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 18:53:32 +0000 The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 4346 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. House expels Chicago Democrat over bribery allegations Ill. lawmakers leave major business unfinished despite frenzied end to session http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-lawmakers-leave-major-business-unfinished-despite-frenzied-end-session <p>Lawmakers in Illinois went past their midnight deadline in Springfield on Thursday in an effort to finish their business before the campaign season. In a frenzied end, the General Assembly approved a new state budget and authorized a massive expansion of gambling.</p><p>But they&#39;re not finished.</p><p>The collapse of pension reform means lawmakers will probably return to Springfield this summer. This recap is from Amanda Vinicky in Springfield.</p><p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 11:58:44 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 3828 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. lawmakers leave major business unfinished despite frenzied end to session Madigan reflects on his role, regrets for Ill. pension system http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/madigan-reflects-his-role-regrets-ill-pension-system <p>Illinois lawmakers are scheduled to debate today a massive overhaul of the state&rsquo;s pension system.</p><p>The measure&rsquo;s revival was made possible last night by a surprise move from House Speaker Michael Madigan, who calls an overhaul necessary.</p><p>Madigan told Illinois Public Radio&rsquo;s Amanda Vinicky he regrets his role in passing an early retirement package a decade ago that added to the state&rsquo;s $83 billion unfunded pension liability &ndash; and what he wants to do about it now.</p><p> Thu, 31 May 2012 13:25:45 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 3819 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Madigan reflects on his role, regrets for Ill. pension system Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-may-30-2012 <p><strong>Nixon to sign funding stream for Mo. veterans homes</strong></p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon is set to sign <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-backs-increase-veterans-homes-funding-cut-state-lottery-prizes">legislation</a> that provides a dedicated funding source for the state&rsquo;s veterans homes.</p><p>The measure redirects casino fees that now benefit early childhood programs into a trust fund for the Missouri Veterans Commission. Those early childhood funds will be replaced with money from the state&rsquo;s tobacco settlement.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 11:18:47 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 3810 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 30, 2012 More Ill. legislators refusing to participate in controversial scholarship program http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/more-ill-legislators-refusing-participate-controversial-scholarship-program <p><em>Reporting from Rachel Otwell of WUIS used in this report.</em></p><p>More legislators are refusing to participate in Illinois&#39; controversial General Assembly scholarship program. It&#39;s a program that allows legislators to give students living in their districts tuition waivers to for state-run universities.</p><p>Many lawmakers promise they hold little to no sway in the decision process of who wins a waiver.</p><p>But others are accused of ensuring the scholarships go to relatives or campaign supporters, making the program one more example of Illinois policy gone corrupt.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 22:16:03 +0000 WUIS 2822 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org More Ill. legislators refusing to participate in controversial scholarship program