| Oct 24, 2011
| 2:33 PM
SPRINGFIELD -- House lawmakers attacked union pension abuses on two fronts today in response to Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV investigations, including weekend stories exposing how two lobbyists can get public teacher pensions for a single day of substitute...
| Oct 24, 2011
| 8:07 PM
— House lawmakers attacked union pension abuses Monday in response to Tribune/WGN-TV investigations, including one that exposed how two lobbyists got public teacher pensions for a single day of substitute teaching.
The investigation found Steven...
| Oct 27, 2011
| 10:22 AM
Pension reform designed to attack double-dipping and other abuses of retirement systems won overwhelming House approval today.
Inspired by disclosures in Tribune/WGN-TV investigations, a key provision aims to end the practice of labor officials...
| Nov 8, 2011
| 7:29 PM
— A major overhaul of the way Illinois government handles pension benefits for current workers won a key victory Tuesday, but its fate remains uncertain because of heavy union resistance.
House and Senate lawmakers also advanced proposals to...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 6:46 PM
In a contest that matched early Mitt Romney backers against Rick Perry supporters, Illinois’ top Republicans tonight voted to keep the party's system of directly electing presidential nominating delegates in next March’s primary instead of...
| Sep 23, 2011
House Republican Leader Tom Cross is moving to halt a perk that has allowed Chicago union leaders to reap inflated retirement benefits from ailing city pension funds.
The proposed legislation is in response to a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation that found at...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 3:31 PM
A three-judge federal court panel today rejected the final arguments raised in a lawsuit by Republican leaders challenging the new Democratic-drawn map for Illinois General Assembly districts.
Democrats, who control both chambers in the state...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 10:09 AM
At least eight Chicago labor leaders who are eligible for inflated city pensions also stand to receive union pensions covering the same work period, thanks to a charitable interpretation of state law by officials representing two city pension funds, a...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 3:05 PM
Will County retailers are being put on notice. If they have any synthetic marijuana on their shelves, it better be gone by Jan. 1 when a new state law banning “fake pot” takes effect.
Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Plainfield,...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 7:19 PM
— 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.
| Jan 5, 2012
| 8:21 AM
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.
| Jan 12, 2012
| 2:25 PM
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...