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Shapiro named acting U.S. attorney in Chicago

Shapiro named acting U.S. attorney in Chicago

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Statehouse News CHICAGO — A federal prosecutor with 40 years’ experience was named interim U.S. attorney for Chicago on Tuesday.

Quinn signs bill to reduce number of regional education offices

Quinn signs bill to reduce number of regional education offices

June 25, 2012 By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Statehouse News Gov. Pat Quinn SPRINGFIELD – The number of regional offices of education in Illinois will be cut from 44 to 35 under a proposal signed into law by Gov.

IL week in review: Gov. continues to slash state spending

IL week in review: Gov. continues to slash state spending

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — In an ongoing effort to slash state spending, Gov. Pat Quinn this week signed a bill eliminating free health care for state retirees and revealed he intends to move forward with prison closures throughout Illinois .

IL: Struggling school district asking for $29.9 million bailout

IL: Struggling school district asking for $29.9 million bailout

By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News The move comes after years of poor academic performances for the school district and alleged nepotism and mismanagement of contracts by the former school board. The state put the five-person financial oversight panel in place this spring to help the faltering school district, but allegations came forth about the existing school board acting obtrusive and not working with the panel.

IL: Lawmakers say more closures inevitable without pension reform

IL: Lawmakers say more closures inevitable without pension reform

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Illinois needs to agree quickly on a pension-reform plan, or more prison closures and pending job losses are sure to come, Southern Illinois lawmakers say. Unions are willing to make concessions, the lawmakers say, but they haven’t been given a place at the table.

IL: Quinn ends premium-free health insurance for state retirees

IL: Quinn ends premium-free health insurance for state retirees

By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News The state currently spends about $800 million annually on the insurance program; however, the exact savings from the new law won’t be known until a premium rate is negotiated between the state and public labor unions. “Those who have faithfully served the state deserve access to quality health care, and insurance costs should be more balanced and based on actual retirement income,” Quinn said.

Commentary: America’s finest need not apply

Commentary: America’s finest need not apply

By Jason Stverak | Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity There is a reason why the men and woman who serve in our armed forces are called “America’s Finest.” Since 1973 the United States has been protected by a volunteer military force. Simply put, men and woman make a conscious decision to join a branch of the military knowing that at any moment they may be asked to make the ultimate sacrifice and give their life so the citizens of the our country can be safe and secure.

IL: Public retiree debt at $203B, new study shows

IL: Public retiree debt at $203B, new study shows

By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Illinoisans are on the hook for $203 billion in public-sector retiree debt, about a third of the state’s gross domestic product in 2011, according to a new report. “Politicians keep talking about the state pension problem,” said Ted Dabrowski , vice president of policy for the Illinois Policy Institute , a libertarian think tank, said.

IL: Southern Illinois lawmakers say prison closures will affect elections

IL: Southern Illinois lawmakers say prison closures will affect elections

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IL: House expulsion in 1905 laid groundwork for 2012 Smith case

IL: House expulsion in 1905 laid groundwork for 2012 Smith case

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — History probably would have overlooked Illinois Rep. Frank Comerford’s speech to law students in Chicago, except for one thing — he named names.

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