The recently approved pension system changes are complex.
The following document attempts to answer some of the basic questions and also explain the practical impact of the changes.
Legislation that would provide $160 billion in savings over the next thirty years while guaranteeing full funding of the states' pension systems by 2044 was recommended yesterday by the Conference Committee on Senate Bill 1.
The bipartisan committee composed of House and Senate members gave approval to the plan that now heads to the House and Senate for approval before becoming law.
Chairman Kwame Raoul (D – Chicago) presided over a public hearing on the legislation this morning at the state Capitol, giving interest groups and the public the chance to review the proposal.
Lack of trauma centers means lives are being lost, say concerned lawmakers and officials
Someone shot or otherwise seriously injured on Chicago’s violence-plagued South Side waits nearly 50 percent longer to get to a trauma center than anywhere else in the city, a delay that medical experts say costs lives and that local community leaders and a leading area lawmaker say is simply unacceptable.
The situation came under the spotlight earlier this week when Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter, a Chicago Democrat, convened the first-of-its kind hearing looking into the lack of trauma centers across a wide swath of the city’s South Side.
These neighborhoods have been dubbed “trauma center deserts” because of the scarcity of high-level emergency care for adults. The real-world implications are that victims of violence have to be transported greater distances in situations where every second can be precious.
CHICAGO – Senate President John J. Cullerton released the following statement on the day that Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 10, The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act:
“Because of the tireless work of the marriage equality coalition and able sponsors like Senator Heather Steans and Representative Greg Harris, we are witnessing one of the most significant demonstrations of justice in Illinois history.
We have dismantled discriminatory barriers that have kept committed couples from receiving all of the benefits and protections that marriage affords. By doing so, we acknowledge that all families are equal.
This is a moment to applaud and be proud of the progress we have made in making Illinois more free and fair for all.”
Illinois saw dozens of tornadoes on Sunday, November 17, with wide-ranging damage and loss of life. Governor Quinn has declared the counties of Champaign, Grundy, LaSalle, Massac, Tazewell, Washington and Woodford as disaster areas. He and other state and local officials, including Senators Mike Frerichs, Toi Hutchinson, Dave Koehler and Gary Forby will tour the hardest-hit communities on Monday. More areas may be declared disaster areas as officials assess the extent of damage.
The town of Washington, Illinois has at least 400-500 homes damaged or destroyed by what weather experts estimate was an EF4 tornado. Six deaths occurred in three communities in Illinois, including Washington, Brookport and New Minden.
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