An Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) article claims that a healthy pension system would save the state 84 percent of the cost to fund the broken system we have today – a savings of $8.95 billion this year alone, or enough to pay the tuitions of all 122,439 undergraduate students enrolled in Illinois public universities this year, with plenty left over.
A group of five Republican lawmakers is demanding a special session of the General Assembly to push forward ethics reform legislation for which they insist Illinois state government has no time to waste.
All eyes will be on Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker at the start of the new session to see if the Democratic leader has any intention of making good on his pledge to bring fair electoral mapmaking to the state.
With Springfield gripped by scandal and a series of federal corruption probes still playing out, a quartet of Republican state lawmakers recently joined forces in calling for the resignation of longtime House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago).
Laurie Higgins, a cultural issues writer for the Illinois Family Institute, believes the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 School Board had no choice but the one it made when it cancelled the scheduled visit of gay children’s book author Robin Stevenson after it became apparent that she planned to promote her latest work in her talk with students as young as 8 years old.
Officials from Northfield-based Medline Industries, Inc. are objecting to the recent passage in the Illinois House of a bill that would ban the use of a chemical used to sterilize medical equipment by pointing to the company’s “exemplary safety record and the importance of ethylene oxide sterilization to Illinois hospitals.”
Illinois state Reps. Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva), Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) and Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) have been named to a bipartisan Special Investigating Committee weighing the potential expulsion of Democratic colleague Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago).