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  • CTU sues to stop pension reform

    CTU sues to stop pension reform
    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...
  • Lawsuit filed by Chicago Teachers Union, others seeks to overturn pension law

    Lawsuit filed by Chicago Teachers Union, others seeks to overturn pension law
    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...
  • For Illinois Republicans, the gloom settles in

    For Illinois Republicans, the gloom settles in
    A day after suffering devastating election losses up and down the state, Illinois Republicans could point to one bright spot: Barack Obama's name won't ever be on the ballot again. In 2004 as a U.S. Senate candidate, in 2008 as a presidential contender...
  • Relatives of lobbyists, campaign donors got lawmakers' help to enter U. of I.

    Relatives of lobbyists, campaign donors got lawmakers' help to enter U. of I.
    Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union leader and other connected applicants, a Tribune investigation has found. The first broad analysis of who...
  • Naming names latest tactic in scholarship fight

     
    Monday, the Better Government Association posted online a “nice” list — a roster of members of the Illinois General Assembly who have voluntarily opted out of the controversial legislative scholarship program. That century-old perk...
  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that......
  • Answers to the paralyzing questions about school funding fairness

     
    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.......
  • Weeks in review

     
    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......
  • Move is on to halt inflated local pensions

    State Sen. Terry Link compares it to winning the lottery. Local government executives get fat bonuses and retire. Their pensions also are inflated by the bonus amounts, and so their retirement checks get fatter, to the point that they make more from...
  • Illinois Republicans dream big at state fair rally

    Illinois Republicans dream big at state fair rally
    Illinois Republicans dreamed big during a rally at the Illinois State Fair today, predicting the shaky economy that haunts Democratic President Barack Obama will turn into GOP success at the polls in 2012. GOP leaders talked about putting Illinois "in...
  • Illinois Perry, Romney backers clash on Republican primary vote

    Illinois Perry, Romney backers clash on Republican primary vote
    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...
  • Republican lawmaker calls for end to union leaders' costly pension perks

    Republican lawmaker calls for end to union leaders' costly pension perks
    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...