Michael Madigan http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ill. Legislative Leaders Sue Over Halted Lawmaker Paychecks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-legislative-leaders-sue-over-halted-lawmaker-paychecks <p>The leaders of the Illinois House and Senate are <a href="http://capitolfax.com/VetoComplaint.pdf">filing a lawsuit</a> challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's halting lawmaker pay over the state's pension gridlock.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John </span>Cullerton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> called Quinn's action &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"purely political and unconstitutional." All three men are Democrats.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:42:36 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 28672 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Legislative Leaders Sue Over Halted Lawmaker Paychecks 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 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