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  • Relatives of lobbyists, campaign donors got lawmakers' help to enter U. of I.

    Relatives of lobbyists, campaign donors got lawmakers' help to enter U. of I.
    Politicians exerted their influence at the University of Illinois to boost admissions prospects for the relatives of lobbyists, fundraisers, a union leader and other connected applicants, a Tribune investigation has found. The first broad analysis of who...
  • Democratic state senator from Joliet area to step down

     
    A Democratic state senator from Joliet will step down in the next few weeks to take a top position with the Illinois Hospital Association. A.J. …...
  • 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......
  • Chi Mag snubs Quinn and Cullerton! For real?

     
    I fear that I’m falling into a publicity trap set by my devious Tribune Company colleagues upstairs at Chicago Magazine. They just released the ranking of the 100 most powerful Chicagoans, published online and in the March issue. Lists of......
  • Inquiring minds want to know about teacher pensions and Quinn's reforms

     
    Q: Why should I care about teacher pensions if I’m not a teacher? A: Because even though Illinois is putting $2.4 billion into the Teachers’ Retirement System this year, that system still accounts for more than half of the state’s......
  • Illinois voters will decide pension question this fall

     
    Illinois voters this fall will be asked whether to make it tougher for state and local governments to sweeten public employee pensions under a proposal …...
  • Mayor's speed cameras would help political ally

    Mayor's speed cameras would help political ally
    When Rahm Emanuel was a first-time candidate for Congress, Greg Goldner was behind him, quietly marshaling the patronage troops that helped get him elected. When Emanuel ran for mayor, Goldner was there again, doling out campaign cash to elect Emanuel-...
  • Move is on to halt inflated local pensions

    State Sen. Terry Link compares it to winning the lottery. Local government executives get fat bonuses and retire. Their pensions also are inflated by the bonus amounts, and so their retirement checks get fatter, to the point that they make more from...
  • How to mend the scholarship program even as we end it

     
    Ray Long reports: A bill to eliminate the often-abused legislative scholarship program advanced today in the Senate. The measure is sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, who changed his position from wanting to reform the program to...
  • Oh, you Democrats!

     
    At the tail end of our story today on the bid to rein in pension increases: Democrats led by Senate President John Cullerton shunted proposals to ban legislative scholarships to a subcommittee, a potential setback to efforts to kill the......
  • Illinois Senate passes ban on scandal-plagued scholarship program

     
    The Illinois Senate today overwhelmingly approved the elimination of a century-old legislative scholarship program that has come under federal investigation and long been abused by …...