Pension Reform, Concealed Carry, and Budget Negotiations continue

On this week’s Illinois Lawmakers, Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau chief Amanda Vinicky leads off our coverage with an update on the week’s news from Springfield.

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Update on Pension Reform, Concealed Carry

Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky leads off this week’s Illinois Lawmakers coverage with an update of the week’s news under the Capitol dome.

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Pension Reform Bill Update

The Illinois Senate this week passed a union-backed pension reform bill on a 40-16 vote but the measure’s fate is uncertain in the Illinois House where that chamber had earlier passed its own plan to solve the state’s public employee pension crisis.

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Illinois Lawmakers Make Progress on Pension Reform

The Illinois House has passed a comprehensive pension reform package sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan but the plan faces an uncertain fate in the Senate where President John Cullerton favors a different approach to solving the state’s nearly $100-billion pension problem.

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Governor’s Budget Message

Governor Pat Quinn delivered what he called “the most difficult budget Illinois has ever faced” to the Illinois General Assembly on March sixth, and warned the situation would only get worse unless they passed comprehensive pension reform this spring.

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