Posts tagged "state employee pension reform"

Better than Megyn Kelly discussing how UChicago does not accommodate PC cupcakes, Berkowitz w/IL Chamber's Todd Maisch, cable/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… But, the deal, which... Read more »

Berkowitz w/IL Republican Party senior statesman Ron Gidwitz on fixing IL/Chicago government and politics/Cable and web

Berkowitz: How have we made the cost of hiring employees so expensive? Ron Gidwitz: Regulation. The tax burden…  And, In this state…  a whole list of things that are required by Chicago, Cook  County and state government that make it much more difficult to conduct manufacturing operations here than, say, even a location as close... Read more »

Is the Tribune/Sun-Times' reporting giving aid and comfort to Speaker Madigan’s budget efforts to make Rauner a one term Governor?

Senate President Cullerton now wants Gov. Rauner to support piece meal K-12 Education, Human Services and Higher Education appropriations…Cullerton might just as well ask Gov. Rauner to chair Senator Heather Steans’ (53, Princeton, Harvard, Lake Forest born and Trustee of Steans Family Foundation) 2018 gubernatorial election committee [Watch 2009 Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago)  deal with... Read more »
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Gov. Rauner on reforms needed for a Grand Bargain: Pensions, workers' comp. and a property tax freeze (with local government empowerment )

Gov. Rauner, since the 2014 gubernatorial campaign, has not been willing to prioritize the reforms set out in his Turnaround Agenda, an agenda he thinks would turn Illinois around, changing it from a State that is losing population, jobs and economic output to one that is growing jobs, output and population.  Indeed, if he had... Read more »

Morning Jeff: State budget discussions by the Leaders with Gov. Rauner yield no progress-- no joy in mudville, Mighty Casey has almost struck out

The state legislative leaders- Senate President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, Senate Republican Leader Radogno and House Republican Leader Durkin met with the Governor yesterday in Springfield and people who want to believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny will say, “Gee, isn’t this great– the Leaders and the Governor are talking again.” And, Speaker Madigan... Read more »

Can and should the Democrats and Republicans agree on Workers' Comp. reform? Watch Berkowitz debate that issue w/plaintiff's trial lawyer Matt Belcher, cable/web

We are told that the most likely of Gov. Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda reforms that the Democratic Party leadership would support  in exchange for Governor Rauner’s support of new tax revenue to finance a variety of state government spending high on the Democratic Party’s wish list  are state employee pension reform and worker’s comp. reform. State... Read more »
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CTU President Karen Lewis bashes Governor Rauner and blows sweet kisses to Speaker Madigan at the City Club of Chicago

Jeff Berkowitz: President Lewis, since you have labelled Gov. Rauner as a power hungry, lying terrorist, how would you describe his counterpart in the State Budget impasse, Speaker Mike Madigan? CTU  President Karen Lewis: Somebody that is trying to get things done but not ideological and not stuck in the mud.  Not ideological at all.... Read more »

Watch Berkowitz w/Todd Maisch, President and CEO of the IL Chamber of Commerce, Cable/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 »

Gov. Rauner's Turnaround Agenda and the State Budget Impasse: Berkowitz w/IL Republican House Leader Durkin, 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 »
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Five easy questions for Senate President Cullerton on pension reform at today’s City Club of Chicago lunch program

Today is D Day for Senate President John Cullerton on pension reform. When he speaks before the City Club of Chicago at a luncheon program today, the President should set out with specificity [See questions, below] where he stands on Gov. Rauner’s proposal for pension reform, as stated by the Governor in his press conference... Read more »