| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:32 AM
Q: Is it true that the Chicago Public Schools educate about 18 percent of the special-education students enrolled in Illinois' public schools, but receive 29 percent of the grant money earmarked for special education? A: Yes, according to the Illinois.......
| Aug 28, 2012
| 9:32 PM
The Illinois delegation to this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa is flogging the party's new line of "Save Illinois: Fire Madigan" merchandise — decals, buttons, hoodies, dog T-shirts, you name it. And, as it is my nature to find......
| May 3, 2012
| 4:32 PM
A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Connected to Chicago -- (.mp3) WLS-AM 890. Host Bill Cameron with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, and Ray......
| Mar 21, 2012
| 1:22 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn and other leading Democrats called today for the resignation of a state lawmaker from Chicago who won a House primary one week after being arrested on federal bribery charges.
The growing pressure on state Rep. Derrick Smith contrasts with...
| Mar 30, 2012
SPRINGFIELD — A local government that gives an ex-lawmaker a fat paycheck would have to pick up the costs of any automatic increase in his state pension under a proposal the House passed overwhelmingly Thursday.
House Republican leader Tom Cross of...
| 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...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 6:18 AM
With its first strike in a quarter century past them, the Chicago Teachers Union is taking part in a new fight. It’s suing to stop pension reform in Springfield.
The many pension investigations produced by WGN and the Chicago Tribune led...
| Oct 30, 2012
Pension reform in Illinois got a rare legislative victory when the General Assembly moved to close loopholes that allowed labor leaders to land six-figure public pensions based on their much higher union salaries.
The measure, which deals with abuses...
| May 2, 2012
| 4:35 AM
Two years into his reign as Chicago's longest-serving mayor, Richard M. Daley took advantage of the state's convoluted pension system to significantly increase his potential payout while saving $400,000 in contributions, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has...
| May 2, 2012
| 6:03 PM
An Illinois Senate committee on Wednesday rejected a measure that would force local government to pick up the tab when it gives an ex-lawmaker a big paycheck to fatten his pension.
The bill passed the House on a 110-0 vote in March. The legislation...