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  • No vote on Illinois House pension plan today

    No vote on Illinois House pension plan today
    The Illinois House adjourned for the day without voting on a major government worker pension overhaul, casting grave doubt on the reform plan's fate. The bill passed out of a committee earlier today, but proponents are still trying to round up enough...
  • State lawmakers set up committee to tackle pension reform

    State lawmakers set up committee to tackle pension reform
    SPRINGFIELD --- The General Assembly is in special session today to form a conference committee of lawmakers who will try to come up with a way to break a stalemate on government worker pension reform. The Senate got the ball rolling by voting 45-11 not...
  • Emanuel revises pension plan after blowback on tax hike

    Emanuel revises pension plan after blowback on tax hike
    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...
  • CPS pension holiday bill fails

    CPS pension holiday bill fails
    SPRINGFIELD --- A plan to allow Mayor Rahm Emanuel to skip a large chunk of Chicago Public Schools pension payments for two years failed today after Gov. Pat Quinn vowed to veto it unless lawmakers also approve comprehensive government worker pension....
  • Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought

    Illinois pension law saves $15 billion less than first thought
    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. Critics who...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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-...
  • Madigan pension reforms pass House

    Madigan pension reforms pass House
    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...
  • Illinois House panel finds 'reasonable grounds' to proceed against indicted lawmaker

    Illinois House panel finds 'reasonable grounds' to proceed against indicted lawmaker
    An Illinois House panel today concluded that there are "reasonable grounds" to proceed further with a disciplinary process against a West Side Democratic lawmaker charged with bribery, a move that eventually could result in his expulsion. The special...
  • 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...