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Pensions
11:25 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Illinois House Adjourns Assembly Without Pension Vote

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Updated  5:30 p.m. Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky and Brian Mackey used in this report.

The Illinois House has just adjourned the 97th General Assembly permanently, without taking a vote on the pension legislation.

The commission proposed earlier in the day by Gov. Quinn (more below) was not addressed.

Members of the House approved it in committee, but several said they were doing so only as a show of respect for the governor, and had serious reservations about whether the idea was constitutional.

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Politics
6:37 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Fate Of Ill. Pension Reform Up In The Air

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Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has said repeatedly his top priority is dealing with the state’s pensions - the worst- funded in the country. He’s held countless press conferences and made the argument that pension costs take away money for other state programs.

House Republican Leader Tom Cross says proposals to deal with the pension funds have been around for two years.

"We’ve talked about these to a point where we don’t need to talk any more," said Cross. "We’ve got to do this."

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Politics
8:41 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Ill. Lawmakers To Debate Driver's Licenses For People In U.S. Illegally

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Updated 12:10 p.m.

A proposal that could make Illinois the next state to allow people who are in the U.S. illegally to get driver's licenses has passed out of a House committee.

It's ready for a House floor vote. Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll sign it, if it comes to his desk.

Original story with additional detail: 

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Politics
6:16 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Ill. Lawmakers To Wait On Gun Control

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Illinois lawmakers will not be addressing gun control legislation before the end of session. Some members of the state House of Representatives were scheduled to debate the proposal Sunday.

State Representative Eddie Acevedo favors the bill. He says he withdrew it since a similar attempt didn’t pass the Senate last week.

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Politics
7:23 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Ill. Pension Negotiations Continue

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Negotiations for a complete overhaul of Illinois' underfunded pension systems continue. But the president of the state Senate is again pushing a measure his chamber approved months ago.

Governor Pat Quinn has been adamant that something pass before the General Assembly's current session ends for good on Wednesday.

In May, the Senate passed legislation that reduces state workers' and legislators' own retirement benefits. But the House never took it up.  Senate President John Cullerton says representatives should do so when they return to Springfield on Sunday.

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Politics
6:28 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Ill. Senate Committee Approves Two Gun Control Measures

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Following last month's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Illinois legislators are hurrying to crack down on guns, despite opposition from groups like the National Rifle Association.  

On their first day back for the General Assembly's last week of session, Senate Democrats sent two gun control measures to the floor.

Illinois Council on Handgun Violence Director Colleen Daley pleaded with Senators to pass a ban on new purchases of assault weapons. She says she doesn't want Illinois to become the next state where they're used in a mass killing.

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Politics
6:13 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Will Illinois Become The 10th State To Legalize Gay Marriage?

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 Updated 5:49 p.m.

The Associated Press reports that the bill has cleared the Senate committee and will head to the full Senate for a vote. 

It is not clear when that vote will take place. 

Updated 4:51 p.m. with information on start of hearing. Will be updated. 

A Senate committee has started considering a landmark bill that could make Illinois the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

Hundreds of people have submitted comments for and against the measure.

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Illinois Credit Rating
2:33 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Moodys Revises Illinois Credit Outlook To Negative

The inside of the dome of the Illinois Capitol building.
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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey used in this report.

Moody's Investors Services has downgraded the credit outlook for the state of Illinois from stable to negative citing the "severe pension funding shortfall."

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford says Illinois already has the worst credit rating of any state in the US.

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Concealed carry
12:36 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Federal Court Throws Out Illinois Ban On Concealed Carry Of Guns

A federal appeals court has given Illinois 180 days to come up with a law allowing gun owners to carry them in public.
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Updated with comments from Illinois officials. Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield.

Illinois is the only state in the union that bans the concealed carrying of guns.

A ruling today from a federal appeals court may change all that.

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Illinois
9:13 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Ill. Legislation Could Make Buying Gas Easier For Disabled

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Buying fuel can be a challenge for people with disabilities. Legislation awaiting action by the governor aims to make it easier.  Illinois is making an effort to comply with federal disability law.

Illinois law says service stations are required to pump gas for people with disabilities. But in order to get that help, drivers have to honk or find some other way to get the attention of an attendant.

Ann Ford, with the Centers for Independent Living, says that can lead to frustration.

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