| Jul 8, 2012
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.
| Apr 22, 2012
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...
| Jun 3, 2012
— 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...
| Sep 23, 2011
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...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 10:09 AM
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...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 4:32 PM
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...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 4:32 PM
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......
| 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......
| Jun 28, 2011
| 1:53 AM
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.
| 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...