Capitol Update, Extending Temporary Income Tax increase, and Education Funding

Illinois Lawmakers returns with weekly coverage of the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly during the month of May.  Illinois Public Radio Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky leads off this week’s coverage with an update on the latest developments under the Capitol dome.  Next, House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D) Chicago and Deputy Senate Republican Leader Matt Murphy (R) Palatine debate the pros and cons of extending the state’s temporary income tax increase in separate interviews with series host Jak Tichenor.  Rounding out the program, Sen. Andy Manar (D) Bunker Hill and Sen. Jason Barickman (R) Bloomington discuss their work in crafting a new proposal to overhaul the state’s education funding system to send more dollars to Illinois’ poorest school districts.

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Governor’s Annual Budget Address: An Illinois Lawmakers Special Edition

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn called on the Illinois General Assembly to make the state’s temporary five percent income tax rate permanent to avoid what he said would be “hazardous” cuts to education, human services, and a host of other state services.

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Governor Pat Quinn Delivers Fifth State of the State Address

Five years to the day when he was sworn in to replace ousted former Governor Rod Blagojevich, incumbent Governor Pat Quinn (D) Chicago, delivered his fifth State of the State message to the Illinois General Assembly.

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Final Session for Spring 2013: Pension Reform Still Elusive

The Illinois General Assembly headed into the final hours of the spring legislative session deeply divided over how to address the state’s nearly $100-billion pension crisis.

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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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