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  • Open thread: The Weeks in Review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of...
  • Webliography: Can the state reduce pension benefits?

     
    UPDATED! There have been a variety of formal opinions issued on the question of whether the Illinois Constitution allows the state to state reduce pension benefits and if so in what fashion. Here are some: No Is welching on public...

    Raising Arizona -- Setbacks in the Grand Canyon State suggest Illinois is in a big legal hole

     
    If you think the political battle over pension reform in Illinois was long and tough, just wait for the legal battle. After years of wrangling, ducking and finger pointing, the General Assembly Tuesday passed a series of modifications to certain...

    Dissenting voices

     
    Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to withhold all legislators’ salaries until they reduce pension costs might truly be an unconstitutional threat to “the independence of each branch of government,” as Senate President John Cullerton and...

    Quinn's paycheck ploy — popular but poisonous

     
    There's a telling detail in the fine print of Gov. Pat Quinn's paycheck power play. The power play, which Quinn announced with righteous fanfare July 10 and was challenged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, is a decree that neither he...