Illinois lawmakers are scheduled to debate today a massive overhaul of the state’s pension system.
The measure’s revival was made possible last night by a surprise move from House Speaker Michael Madigan, who calls an overhaul necessary.
Madigan told Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky he regrets his role in passing an early retirement package a decade ago that added to the state’s $83 billion unfunded pension liability – and what he wants to do about it now.
Nixon to sign funding stream for Mo. veterans homes
Gov. Jay Nixon is set to sign legislation that provides a dedicated funding source for the state’s veterans homes.
The measure redirects casino fees that now benefit early childhood programs into a trust fund for the Missouri Veterans Commission. Those early childhood funds will be replaced with money from the state’s tobacco settlement.
An interior view of the Illinois State Capitol dome. More Ill. legislators are refusing to participate in a scholarship program which allows legislators to give students living in their districts tuition waivers to for state-run universities.
Reporting from Rachel Otwell of WUIS used in this report.
More legislators are refusing to participate in Illinois' controversial General Assembly scholarship program. It's a program that allows legislators to give students living in their districts tuition waivers to for state-run universities.
Many lawmakers promise they hold little to no sway in the decision process of who wins a waiver.
But others are accused of ensuring the scholarships go to relatives or campaign supporters, making the program one more example of Illinois policy gone corrupt.