Posts tagged "pension reform"

State budget deal in Springfield almost done: CPS and State Government roll on, Rauner gets one reform-maybe

The soup is simmering and almost ready to eat. All it needs is some seasoning.    There might come a day… when Madigan… will be willing to fall backwards, on the promise that Rauner… will catch him. Maybe.      Governor Rauner and his Republican legislative leader colleagues (Durkin, House and Radogno, Senate) met Tuesday and... Read more »

Gov. Rauner argues IL needs spending appropriations w/a revenue source, a six month balanced budget and reforms

Jeff Berkowitz: Governor, do you think you should introduce a full one year balanced budget to assure that people who are needy get the services they need as opposed to your two bills? Gov. Rauner:  We’ve been trying to negotiate a truly balanced budget with the General Assembly for almost a year and a half... Read more »

Republicans Harris and McSweeney help Democrats Emanuel and Madigan override Gov. Rauner’s veto.

Text revised on Tuesday at 1:00 pm. When you are at war, every battle counts. For him to succeed as Governor, Rauner must get Speaker Madigan to agree to at least a few of his reforms, and he must get a responsible budget passed that will put an end to the deficit the State ran... Read more »
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What Gov. Rauner wanted last fall and still wants:Workers' Comp. Reform, Property tax freeze (w/stuff) and Pension Reform: Berkowitz w/Durkin, Cable/Web

Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin:  …If the Democrats want revenue, they need to get reforms passed first. I am always going to keep an open mind to any proposal from the Democrats. But. … Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” features Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin.   The show airs throughout the... Read more »

Watch Berkowitz w/ IL House Republican Leader Durkin on Rauner's Turnaround Agenda and the IL State Budget Impasse, Cable and Web

Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin:  …If the Democrats want revenue, they need to get reforms passed first. I am always going to keep an open mind to any proposal from the Democrats. But. … Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” features Republican State House Leader Jim Durkin.   The show airs throughout the... Read more »

Watch Berkowitz w/ President Todd Maisch, IL Chamber of Commerce: Chicago Metro suburban cable, Evanston, Rockford, Aurora and the Web.

Jeff Berkowitz: Would you favor any increase in the income tax rate from it’s current rate of 3.75% as a part of a deal— Todd Maisch: As a part of an overall package of which workman’s compensation [reform] would have to be on the table and we would insist on some… *************** Berkowitz: Speaker Madigan?... Read more »
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President Cullerton: The Cullerton-Rauner pension reform legislation is alive and well

Video and audio link to President Cullerton’s remarks and audience Q/A added at 9:45 am on Tuesday, see below. The nature of yesterday’s press conference with Senate President Cullerton [which followed City Club of Chicago President Jay Doherty’s intro, Cullerton’s remarks on IL K-12 state, public school funding and audience Q/A] was such that most... Read more »

Better than Trump debating Hillary Clinton: Berkowitz w/ Kristin McQueary on Tribune Editorial Board, Free markets and less government, Cable and Web

Jeff Berkowitz: Right now, you are a Chicago Tribune editorial board writer…  There are eleven people on the Tribune editorial board… There is Bruce Dold, who is kind of the king– Kristin McQueary:  [Laughter] Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features Kristin McQueary, Chicago Tribune editorial board member and writer. The show airs... Read more »

Better than Chicago Tonight's Phil Ponce w/ the newly minted CT correspondent Amanda Vanicky: Berkowitz w/ State Rep. Tom Morrison, Cable and Web

Despite media reports to the contrary, Illinois’ Fiscal 2016 budget deficit is only about four billion dollars. Can the Governor and the legislature come up with four billion dollars in revenue increases, spending cuts and savings from the Governor’s proposed Turnaround Agenda reforms? Because almost 75% of the Illinois budget (General Revenue Fund) is consumed by Medicaid,... Read more »
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Better than Gov. Rauner debating Senate President Cullerton: Berkowitz w/Rep. Morrison on Spending cuts, compassion and making IL competitive, Cable/Web

Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) in Part 1 of our two part series. The show airs throughout the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm and midnight on Cable Ch. 21 (CAN TV). Rep. Morrison got the lead introduction from the audience at today’s City Club of... Read more »