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  • Water reclamation pension peace could be blueprint for state

    Water reclamation pension peace could be blueprint for state
    The state's top politicians still can't reach agreement on how to fix Illinois' woefully out-of-whack public employee pension system, but there's an approach to the issue that both Democrats and Republicans have hailed as a model to follow. There's...
  • Quinn pension plan could shift costs to schools

    Quinn pension plan could shift costs to schools
    As Gov. Pat Quinn seeks to overhaul Illinois' public employee pension system, one of the more politically tricky elements also happens to be the one he's talking about the least. The Democratic governor is calling on universities, community colleges...
  • How pension-reform push spun out of control

    How pension-reform push spun out of control
    — Hours after lawmakers headed home without reforming the state's bereft public worker pension systems, Gov. Pat Quinn implored them to remember that Illinois government is "racing the clock" in solving the issue. But a different race is on the...
  • 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...
  • Double-dipping labor leaders stand to reap millions

    Double-dipping labor leaders stand to reap millions
    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...
  • 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.......
  • GOP's 'Fire Madigan' campaign misses the mark

     
    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......
  • 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......
  • Quinn to sign workers' comp overhaul today

    Quinn to sign workers' comp overhaul today
    Gov. Pat Quinn today will sign into law an overhaul of the state's workers' compensation system, a move that will slash medical rates, set new standards in determining a worker's disability and put in place more safeguards to prevent abuse. The...
  • 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...