Illinois's outgoing Republican governor saw a few of his vetoes overridden during the Fall Veto Session in Springfield and a few new laws have been passed, a QUAD city area lawmaker said in a summary recap released last week.
Illinois's "other debt disaster" is $73 billion in unfunded state retiree health insurance benefits and more than twice that amount owed over the next four decades, according to a special report issued this week by an online news outlet.
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) expressed her displeasure for a recent House bill that would create tax increment allocation financing extensions for ordinances in several cities in Illinois passes during the Nov. 15 House floor session.
When totaled, salary and all the perks leave state taxpayers on the hook for an average annual compensation package of around $110,000 for the average state worker, according to a recent report by Wirepoints.
Tim Schneider, Illinois Republican Party chairman, is calling for the resignation of state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit (D-Aurora) after she refused to apologize for remarks some insist wished death upon family members of a colleague at the height of testy House floor debate.