| Jan 28, 2014
| 5:40 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ largest government employee unions sued Tuesday to overturn Illinois’ new pension law, ripping the long sought, landmark money-saving changes as outright “theft” from workers that won’t pass a...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Illinois' crushing public pension crisis has been literally decades in the making, but the present stalemate in Springfield over how to resolve it can be traced in great measure to a single point in time: July 21, 1970.
Richard Nixon was president,...
| Feb 21, 2014
As Kirk Dillard travels the state campaigning for the Republican governor nomination, he laments the razor-thin defeat in his last primary election fight, offering audiences the message of a politician who could have been a contender if only he'd...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 4:57 AM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Sunday that the state's massive public employee pension debt is not a "crisis," but instead an issue being pushed by business-backed groups seeking lower income taxes at the expense of retiree benefits....
| Oct 23, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today unveiled a nearly $7 billion budget for 2014, but also focused on a year from now and warned what will happen if the city doesn't fix its pension system by then.
“Should Springfield fail to pass pension reform for...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 10:55 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of lawmakers’ paycheck will not be taken up as lawmakers return to town for the fall veto session.
House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, filed a letter today explaining that the governor’...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Tuesday to use his political capital to get state lawmakers to pass tougher illegal firearm possession laws, but his plan faces a lukewarm reception from a General Assembly already facing a tableau of issues and weary of...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 9:50 AM
SPRINGFIELD — New calculations show the state will save about $15 billion less than initially projected from the controversial major government worker pension overhaul that lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn approved last month.
| Dec 13, 2013
| 6:24 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn dropped his appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court over his failed attempt to withhold legislators' paychecks until they sent him a bill to overhaul the state's public employee pension system, clearing the way to collect nearly $74,000 in...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 10:17 AM
Three Republican governor candidates took veiled shots at rival Bruce Rauner’s bravado in pledging to take on House Speaker Michael Madigan, each noting they have to work with the powerful Democrat to move the state forward.
The comments from...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:38 PM
With Chicago staring at a deadline for coming to grips with a $29 billion pension debt for teachers and public safety workers, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging unions to help negotiate an agreement on retirement benefits lest lawmakers...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 5:15 PM
SPRINGFIELD — More than 1,000 Chicago-based union members flooded the Capitol Wednesday to decry Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push for legislation to scale back city government worker pensions.
The rally was a symbolic show of force, given that a...