FY2015 Budget, Pension Reform, Marijuana, and Noise Pollution at O’Hare International Airport

On this week’s program, House Democrats begin advancing their version of next fiscal year’s budget without having voted to extend the state’s temporary income tax increase and a Sangamon County Circuit Judge temporarily blocks the implementation of the state’s new pension reform bill.

On this week’s program, House Democrats begin advancing their version of next fiscal year’s budget without having voted to extend the state’s temporary income tax increase and a Sangamon County Circuit Judge temporarily blocks the implementation of the state’s new pension reform bill.

Associated Press Statehouse Correspondent Kerry Lester leads off this week’s edition of Illinois Lawmakers discussing this week’s developments.  Next, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs condemns Democratic attempts to pass Governor Pat Quinn’s $38-billion recommended budget without having a revenue plan in place to fund it.  Durkin also tells host Jak Tichenor that he believes the pension reform bill passed last December can withstand legal challenges field by state worker unions and others despite this week’s legal developments.

Later, Democratic Representative Mike Zalewski of Riverside and Republican Representative Dennis Reboletti debate the pros and cons of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the state.  They also discuss new legislation regulating ride-share operators heading to the Governor’s desk and attempts to deal with an increase in noise pollution at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

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