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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Governor Quinn proposes cuts, lawmakers nowhere near agreement

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.

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Tough Budget Choices

The budget-making process is moving along in Springfield as lawmakers struggle with paying down billions of dollars in overdue bills while keeping state government afloat. Jak Tichenor talks with Illinois legislative leaders about the touch choices ahead during the countdown to adjournment on May 31st.

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