| Jan 11, 2014
| 1:00 PM
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Saturday he will not seek interest payments lawmakers are due for going without pay for two months last summer, a shift from earlier comments by a spokeswoman who had indicated the Democratic leader would work...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel still wants to raise Chicago property taxes as part of a plan to shore up city pension systems, but he no longer is asking state lawmakers to do the dirty work.
Faced with blistering criticism from Gov. Pat Quinn and significant...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 6:55 AM
Students who are in the process of earning their GED had an opportunity to participate in a mock debate on increasing the minimum wage with a state legislator at the Palatine Opportunity Center.
State Rep. Elaine Nekritz took the "con" side of...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 1:04 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The top House Republican and a key House Democrat unveiled a pension proposal today that would require state workers, teachers and others under state retirement plans to work longer, chip in more from their paychecks and scales back...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 7:57 PM
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...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 6:53 PM
As nearly a dozen states consider legislation that would ban toxic flame retardants, Illinois apparently will remain on the sidelines of a growing debate about chemicals linked to cancer, developmental problems and impaired fertility.
On a 10-5 vote,...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 6:35 PM
Dealt a loss in his attempt to wipe out lawmakers' paychecks, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn will try to put the ruling on ice Friday as he attempts to kick up to the Illinois Supreme Court the legal question of whether his move was constitutional.
| Sep 30, 2013
| 4:54 AM
A key member of a legislative panel charged with finding a way to fill Illinois' worst-in-the-nation unfunded pension liability said Sunday that she believes it is "very likely" a plan to change state retirement benefits could be agreed upon to present to...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 7:51 PM
State Sen. Bill Brady, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor, said voters have grown weary of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's populist actions and want a leader who will "deal with reality."
Brady, a Bloomington Republican who lost the 2010...
| 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,...
| May 2, 2013
| 6:16 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House today approved a far-reaching pension reform plan pushed by Speaker Michael Madigan that is headed for an uncertain fate in the Senate.
The proposal aims to erase the state's nearly $100 billion pension debt by...