| 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...
| May 4, 2012
— 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...
| May 8, 2012
| 1:13 PM
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...
| May 9, 2012
| 2:28 PM
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,...
| May 15, 2012
| 7:48 PM
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...
| 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...
| Oct 21, 2011
| 10:16 PM
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...
| 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...
| May 26, 2012
| 11:41 AM
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’...