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  • Fore!

    Fore!
    When lawmakers fled Springfield on May 31 without fixing the state's pension crisis, Gov. Pat Quinn said he would bring them back "as soon as possible" to vote on a solution. One week. Two weeks. Three weeks. Four weeks and counting. The leaders are...
  • Water reclamation pension peace could be blueprint for state

    Water reclamation pension peace could be blueprint for state
    The state's top politicians still can't reach agreement on how to fix Illinois' woefully out-of-whack public employee pension system, but there's an approach to the issue that both Democrats and Republicans have hailed as a model to follow. There's...
  • Bill to limit end-of-career pension spikes awaits governor's signature

    For decades, state lawmakers have drawn criticism when they leave the Legislature and take another government gig with a fat salary that greatly boosts their public pensions, but soon the state might be on the hook for less of those retirement costs for a...
  • Getting past gridlock

    Getting past gridlock
    In the next life, whatever that entails, we'll be thrilled if we never have to type the phrase "ruinous Illinois pension crisis." But before we shuffle off what Shakespeare called this mortal coil, writing about our state officials' failure to fix the...
  • Quinn signs landmark pension abuse reforms into law

    Quinn signs landmark pension abuse reforms into law
    — Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed into law a major crackdown on lucrative public pension abuses that saw top union officials land hefty retirement packages, double dip and substitute teach for one day but win benefits for life. "The pension...
  • Quinn signs public pension overhaul

    Quinn signs public pension overhaul
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a major crackdown on lucrative public pension abuses that saw top union officials land hefty retirement packages, double dip and substitute teach for one day but win benefits for life. "The pension...
  • Republicans slam Democrats on anniversary of Illinois tax hike

    Republicans slam Democrats on anniversary of Illinois tax hike
    It’s been one year since Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed off on a 67 percent income tax rate increase and Republican legislative leaders didn’t let the milestone pass in silence, gathering Thursday to warn that the temporary hike will...
  • House OKs records bill

    The Illinois House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a compromise rewrite of the open records law aimed at making it easier for the public to get information from state and local government, but the measure left intact some provisions most commonly...
  • Quinn to Discuss Budget with Legislators

    (WGN-AM)- Gov. Pat Quinn met with a group of women state lawmakers to talk about the budget mess, and has a similar meeting scheduled with suburban legislators on Monday. Evanston Democratic Representative Julie Hamos was in the first session with...
  • How reform failed in Illinois

    How reform failed in Illinois
    Just days before state lawmakers were supposed to wrap up business, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and members of his Illinois Reform Commission gathered around a wooden conference table in the office of the lieutenant governor. The setting was appropriate....
  • Three State Legislators Sidestepping Clout Panel

    Three State Legislators Sidestepping Clout Panel
    (WGN-AM)- Three of the state's most powerful legislative leaders have snubbed a commission investigating admissions abuses at the University of Illinois, declining to testify at its hearings. House Speaker Michael Madigan (D- Chicago), Senate President...
  • Schocker: 'Hottest' freshman from Illinois

     
    by Mark Silva Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria, the youngest member of Congress -- and the "hottest freshman,'' according to the readers of The Huffington Post -- says he is honored. "It's about time politicians from Illinois were known for......