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  • Water reclamation pension peace could be blueprint for state

    Water reclamation pension peace could be blueprint for state
    The state's top politicians still can't reach agreement on how to fix Illinois' woefully out-of-whack public employee pension system, but there's an approach to the issue that both Democrats and Republicans have hailed as a model to follow. There's...
  • Democratic leaders: We held onto state House, Senate

    Democratic leaders: We held onto state House, Senate
    Democrats boosted their already strong majorities in the state House and Senate on Tuesday, taking advantage of new legislative boundaries they drew over the protests of frustrated Republicans. House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John...
  • House opens hearings into Chicago lawmaker's bribery charge

    House opens hearings into Chicago lawmaker's bribery charge
    SPRINGFIELD--The Illinois House opened a special investigation today into a Chicago Democrat charged in federal court with taking a cash bribe.   But Rep. Derrick Smith, a West Side Democrat, didn't show up.   Smith faces the first House probe since then-...
  • House panel investigating lawmaker expects more federal court action

    House panel investigating lawmaker expects more federal court action
    SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House panel investigating a Chicago lawmaker accused of bribery is holding off on hearings next week because of the potential for more activity in federal court. The latest developments in the case of Rep. Derrick Smith, D-...
  • New Illinois pension fix floated

    New Illinois pension fix floated
    SPRINGFIELD - As state government leaders struggle to reach agreement on pension reform, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is floating a plan that's a mix of new and old ideas to try to break the logjam. State workers, teachers, university employees and...
  • Pension reform elusive in Illinois

    Pension reform elusive in Illinois
    When lawmakers left the Statehouse at the end of May, the problem of fixing the nation's most underfunded state public employee pension system was left unresolved amid myriad political concerns and divides. Despite Gov.Pat Quinn's decision to call...
  • Lawmakers leave Springfield without approving pension reform

    Lawmakers leave Springfield without approving pension reform
    State lawmakers adjourned a one-day special session today without approving even a scaled-back version of pension reform. Prospects for a major breakthrough on an issue were bleak before the House and Senate returned to the Capitol. But even a measure...
  • Illinois House says Quinn revenue projections too optimistic

    Illinois House says Quinn revenue projections too optimistic
    The House made the first move against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget proposal Thursday, lowering the estimate of how much money the state should expect to take in next year by more than $200 million. For a state that owes more than $8 billion...
  • Thwarting Quinn, judge orders legislators paid -- with interest

    Thwarting Quinn, judge orders legislators paid -- with interest
    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. Those...
  • Lawmaker: Pension plan 'very likely' for veto session

    Lawmaker: Pension plan 'very likely' for veto session
    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...
  • Brady: Voters growing weary of Quinn's populist acts

    Brady: Voters growing weary of Quinn's populist acts
    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...