illinois state government http://wkms.org en IL Pension panel to meet in Springfield http://wkms.org/post/il-pension-panel-meet-springfield <p>A bipartisan panel tasked with finding a solution to Illinois' massive pension problem is set to meet this afternoon.&nbsp;&nbsp; Today marks their third meeting. The 10-member panel formed last month out of a special session on pensions. Lawmakers adjourned without agreeing on a solution to the nearly $100 billion crisis.&nbsp; Both chambers had been divided on dueling pension plans. Committee members say they're taking those into account but have other ideas too.&nbsp; Governor Pat Quinn gave the committee a Tuesday deadline. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 14:15:51 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 32851 at http://wkms.org IL Pension panel to meet in Springfield IL House bill would charge fees for state parks http://wkms.org/post/il-house-bill-would-charge-fees-state-parks <p>The Illinois House has passed a bill requiring visitors to state parks to pay admission fees.&nbsp; Bill sponsor, Republican Representative JoAnn Osmond, says the cash is needed to keep the parks open. Osmond says the money also could help pay to improve the parks because they&#39;ve fallen into a state of disrepair.&nbsp; Under the measure, Illinois would be able to charge annual fees for vehicle stickers to get into the parks and daily admission fees for pedestrians or drivers without annual passes. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 16:14:54 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 17397 at http://wkms.org IL House bill would charge fees for state parks IL House approves end to legislative scholarships http://wkms.org/post/il-house-approves-end-legislative-scholarships <p>Illinoislawmakers are again pushing to get rid of legislative scholarships.&nbsp; The House voted yesterday to end the program that allows each lawmaker to hand out tuition waivers to students from their district. The measure now goes to the Senate, which has backed the program in the past.&nbsp; Each legislator can award four-year waivers to two students or divide them among up to eight students.&nbsp; The program has received criticism after revelations some legislators awarded waivers to family members and the children of political allies. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:22:22 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 17334 at http://wkms.org