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Stories with person: John Cullerton
  • Gov. Rauner softens some 'Turnaround Agenda' demands 
    Updated: May-21-15 9:58 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to introduce legislation Friday to advance a scaled-back version of the pro-business agenda he's been pushing across Illinois for months, setting up another potential showdown with Democrats who've criticized him for not putting his priorities in writing as the end of session nears.

  • Gov. Rauner doles out $400K to fellow Illinois Republicans 
    Updated: May-16-15 4:46 pm

    CHICAGO - Gov. Bruce Rauner has started doling out money from his campaign fund to fellow Republicans as the Illinois Legislature approaches what could be difficult votes on several big issues.

  • Illinois lawmakers skeptical about pension deal this spring story has photos
    Updated: May-13-15 6:52 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers expressed skepticism Wednesday that they'll be able to pass a new pension fix this spring, despite pressure from Gov. Bruce Rauner and major credit rating agencies to quickly replace a 2013 overhaul the state Supreme Court struck down.

  • Report: More lobbyists in Springfield than past 5 years 
    Updated: May-10-15 12:25 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The number of lobbyists seeking out public officials in Springfield is at the highest level in five years, according to a newspaper report published Sunday.

  • Things to know about the Illinois court ruling on pensions story has photos
    Updated: May-09-15 3:17 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers have another burden awaiting them on their return to the Capitol this week after the state Supreme Court rejected a landmark pension reform law Friday. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner thinks the Legislature should move quickly toward a Plan B, but others are advising caution. The following are some things to know about the ruling and what's next:

  • Illinois justices overturn state's landmark 2013 pension law story has photos
    Updated: May-08-15 6:26 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Supreme Court forced the state Friday to find another way to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, ruling lawmakers "overstepped" by enacting a law that slashed retirement benefits to confront a massive budget deficit.

  • Illinois Senate president calls pension ruling 'victory' 
    Updated: May-08-15 1:11 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois' Senate president says the state must act to adopt "true reforms" now that the state Supreme Court threw out a landmark 2013 pension overhaul law.

  • Illinois governor tries novel approach in anti-union battle story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 10:34 pm

    PONTIAC, Illinois - It's the latest front in the continuing battle over organized labor's influence, but what's happening in Illinois looks nothing like the juggernaut unleashed in other Midwestern states where conservative statehouses have stripped power from unions with barely a second thought.