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  • How Daley beefed up his pension payouts

    How Daley beefed up his pension payouts
    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...
  • Illinois Senate panel votes down pension measure

    Illinois Senate panel votes down pension measure
    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...
  • Illinois voters to decide on pension proposal in November

    Illinois voters to decide on pension proposal in November
    — Illinois voters this fall will be asked whether to make it tougher for state and local governments to sweeten public employee pensions under a measure lawmakers approved Thursday. The proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution now goes on...
  • Emanuel urges lawmakers to enact pension reform

    Emanuel urges lawmakers to enact pension reform
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in Springfield Tuesday to testify on pension reform in Chicago. Emanuel was greeted by Democratic house speaker Mike Madigan and Republican leader Tom Cross as he arrived to testified to the house personal and pension...
  • Retired state employees could pay for health coverage

    Retired state employees could pay for health coverage
    House lawmakers moved today to reduce the $800 million annual cost of insurance for retired state workers by making them pay more for health care that some now get for little or nothing. The action unfolded as House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago,...
  • State House GOP staffer gets suspension, 6-month probation for doing political work on state time

    State House GOP staffer gets suspension, 6-month probation for doing political work on state time
    SPRINGFIELD--A staffer for House Republican Leader Tom Cross received a six-month probation and an unpaid five-day suspension for conducting “prohibited political activity” on state time.   Legislative aide Nicholas McNeely, who’s worked...
  • Illinois pension reform measure passes House

    Illinois pension reform measure passes House
    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...
  • 2 teachers union lobbyists teach for a day to qualify for hefty pensions

    2 teachers union lobbyists teach for a day to qualify for hefty pensions
    Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in 2007, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has found. Steven Preckwinkle, the...
  • State lawmakers attack pension abuses

    State lawmakers attack pension abuses
    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...
  • Illinois House panel attacks union pension abuses

    Illinois House panel attacks union pension abuses
    — 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...
  • Illinois House votes to stop labor leader pension abuses

    Illinois House votes to stop labor leader pension abuses
    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...
  • Illinois House panel votes to cut education funding by 4 percent

    Illinois House panel votes to cut education funding by 4 percent
    SPRINGFIELD — State funding for schools would drop nearly 4 percent under a measure a House committee approved today. The move comes as House Democrats and Republicans seek to address the state’s finances during a session where they’...