A state lawmaker from Western Illinois says the Senate version of pension reform can make it through both chambers of the general assembly.
A facility that houses violent sexual offenders will soon undergo a multi-million dollar expansion.
The Rushville Treatment and Detention facility houses residents classified as sexually violent persons after they finish prison sentences.
Illinois lawmakers hope a report on the future of the Regional Offices of Education can be completed sooner rather than later.
A commission has been formed to complete the study. Its members were originally asked to submit recommendations by August.
But that would be too late for the next state budget because Illinois' fiscal year begins July 1.
State Senator John Sullivan plans to try again to get approval of his plan to refinance the state's massive backlog of bills.
The Rushville Democrat said the state must pay its vendors in a timely manner. He said it also has a duty to reduce its debt.
He said, “I'm working with my colleagues, talking to them about, at least, if we can't do the full amount let's look at something less that makes sense.”
State Senator John Sullivan (D-47) said Governor Pat Quinn will have to work hard to convince lawmakers to pass initiatives laid out in the State of the State speech.
But the Rushville Democrat said one of Governor Quinn's initiatives should receive bi-partisan support. It's the tax credit for businesses to hire returning veterans.