This week's edition of Illinois Lawmakers features a "newsmaker" interview with House Republican Leader Tom Cross detailing the General Assembly's most recent efforts to reign in spending on state employee pensions and retirement benefits. Later, veteran state Senators Donne Trotter (D) Chicago and Dale Righter (R) Mattoon discuss why the state must act now to contain Medicaid and pension spending to preserve essential programs like education and public safety. They also discuss this week's Senate vote to eliminate the General Assembly's controversial legislative scholarship program. Capitolfax newsletter publisher Rich Miller leads off this week's program with an update on the latest from the Illinois Statehouse. Hosted by Jak Tichebnor.