Letter to the Editor: With a call from Gov. Pat Quinn, the General Assembly will hold a special session Friday to determine the next step in pension reform.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
On Friday (Aug. 17, 2012), Gov. Quinn has called a Special Session of the General Assembly that will cost Illinois taxpayers an extra $40,000 and will be as good for us as a deep-fried Twinkie at the State Fair. I hope that the Pension Crisis will be resolved, and I will reintroduce a practical compromise—with some improvements—that I have sponsored for the past three years. However, you and I both recognize that it is more likely that the public employee union alliance with the Quinn-Madigan-Cullerton triumvirate will continue to protect the insolvent but lucrative-for-them "status quo." The longer this problem remains unsolved, the more these special interests benefit ... but the worse other priorities like education, social services …
As we start a new week, it's always good to get caught up on state politics. Here's an easy guide to what happened last week.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Editor's Note: This article was created by aggregating news articles from Illinois Watchdog, formerly Illinois Statehouse News. SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn increased transparency in one part of state government this week, but his own office failed to release emails that could shine light on his handling of public discourse about prison closures. Prepaid tuition fund to become more transparent Illinois families who invested in the state’s troubled prepaid tuition program will enjoy more transparency in the system because of legislation signed into law Wednesday. The bill, House Bill 3923, requires meetings about the state’s prepaid tuition fund, known as College Illinois!, to be open to the public under the state’s Open Meetings Act. The …