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  • Quinn shifts gears again on pension reform

    Quinn shifts gears again on pension reform
    A frustrated Gov. Pat Quinn has once again changed strategies in his effort to get a pension reform bill on his desk as he acknowledged Friday he’s “prepared to do whatever necessary” to try to break a deadlock between his fellow...
  • Quinn criticizes new pension reform plan tied to income tax

    Quinn criticizes new pension reform plan tied to income tax
    SPRINGFIELD — A top House Democrat on Wednesday suggested a new plan to fix the state’s massively indebted retirement system: make the temporary income tax hike permanent, have state workers and teachers chip in more toward their pension and...
  • Quinn blames lawmakers for inaction on pension reform

    Quinn blames lawmakers for inaction on pension reform
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn chastised lawmakers for failing to pass cost-cutting changes to the government worker retirement system, then dangled the possibility that he'd drop his long-running opposition to a major gambling expansion to get a...
  • Kirk announces support for same-sex marriage

    Kirk announces support for same-sex marriage
    WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk reversed course Tuesday and announced his support for gay marriage, entering a contentious national debate and providing potential political cover for Illinois House GOP members who may soon vote on the...
  • Illinois Senate passes pension bill, sets up showdown with House

    Illinois Senate passes pension bill, sets up showdown with House
    SPRINGFIELD — Senate President John Cullerton today sent his version of pension reform to the House, setting up a high-profile clash with the rival plan Speaker Michael Madigan already pushed through the House.   The showdown puts more than 700,...
  • Illinois Senate concealed carry showdown: one up, one down

    Illinois Senate concealed carry showdown: one up, one down
    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate pressed for a compromise Tuesday to allow concealed weapons in Illinois, advancing a measure that would let Chicago keep local firearms laws like its assault weapons ban and rejecting a separate bill that would wipe...
  • Illinois Senate soundly defeats Madigan pension reform plan

    Illinois Senate soundly defeats Madigan pension reform plan
    SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois Senate tonight overwhelmingly defeated a major overhaul of the state's heavily indebted government worker pension systems, throwing into question whether cost-saving reforms will be approved before Friday night’s...
  • 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......
  • 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......
  • 'Is Chicago really getting cheated?' and other follow-up questions on teacher pensions

     
    Q: What? Another Q&A column about teacher pensions? A: I know! But last week's dialogue prompted so many questions from readers — as opposed to those from the voice of curiosity in my head — that I felt a sequel......