The Illinois House and Senate this week voted to cut Medicaid spending by $1.6-billion dollars as part of a plan to save an eventual $2.7-billion and save the program from financial collapse.
The Illinois General Assembly may take another run at adding five new casino licenses to help ease the state budget crisis and create thousands of new jobs.
The Illinois House and Senate have advanced legislation to end free health insurance premiums for most state retirees. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R) Lemont discusses plans to have retirees pay for coverage based on the size of their retirement incomes and years of service.
This week’s edition of Illinois Lawmakers features a “newsmaker” interview with House Republican Leader Tom Cross detailing the General Assembly’s most recent efforts to reign in spending on state employee pensions and retirement benefits.
Governor Pat Quinn has rolled out a series of proposals to save Illinois billions of dollars in future Medicaid and public employee pension costs, but lawmakers are nowhere near agreement on what parts of the plans might eventually make it into legislation.