Lawmakers pass budget, gaming expansion, but can’t agree on pension reforms

Illinois Lawmakers have adjourned their spring session but will likely return at to the Capitol sometime this summer after failing to reach agreement on solving the state’s $83-billion dollar pension problem.

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Lawmakers agree on Medicaid Reform Package

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.

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Lawmakers Consider Gaming Expansion Proposal

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.

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Lawmakers Move to Cut Retirement Costs

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.

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House Republican Leader headlines this week’s Illinois Lawmakers

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.

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