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Another Illinois lawmaker hits the pension lottery

Another Illinois lawmaker hits the pension lottery

There’s a lot of talk about renewed bipartisanship and a new day in Springfield. Dozens of state lawmakers have already opted out of the pension system. The General Assembly should take the lead and phase out their own defined-benefit system and get to work on a constitutional fix for the rest of Illinois’ pension mess.

By Austin Berg

Lame-duck House passes state government pay hikes

Lame-duck House passes state government pay hikes

In the final hours of the 100th General Assembly, some state lawmakers are pushing to send a bill to incoming Gov. J.B. Pritzker that would give pay raises to state department heads.

By Joe Kaiser

Madigan poised to seize speakership yet again

Madigan poised to seize speakership yet again

After sweeping victories for Illinois Democrats in November, Mike Madigan is all but assured an 18th term as speaker of the House of Representatives when new members are sworn in Jan. 9. Madigan has already broken the record for longest-serving state legislative speaker in U.S. history.

By Austin Berg