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  • Pension reform opposition grows

    Pension reform opposition grows
    — Efforts to develop a plan for comprehensive reform of public employee pensions hit a snag Monday as opposition intensified over a provision to shift retirement costs for suburban and Downstate teachers onto local school districts. House Speaker...
  • Illinois pension reform clears first hurdle

    Illinois pension reform clears first hurdle
    SPRINGFIELD — A pension reform plan that aims to save tens of billions of dollars surfaced at the Capitol today, but questions remain about a controversial provision to shift suburban and Downstate teacher retirement costs onto local school...
  • Illinois bill to reduce flame retardants fizzles in committee

    Illinois bill to reduce flame retardants fizzles in committee
    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,...
  • Pension overhaul hits snag in Springfield

    Pension overhaul hits snag in Springfield
    SPRINGFIELD---Supporters of pension reform were scrambling to line up votes today as the clock ticks down toward a midnight adjournment deadline. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said he does not plan to vote for the proposal, and many of his...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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-...
  • Cullerton won't seek interest money for lawmakers' delayed paychecks

    Cullerton won't seek interest money for lawmakers' delayed paychecks
    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...
  • Pension debate at 1970 Constitutional Convention echoes in today's crisis

     Pension debate at 1970 Constitutional Convention echoes in today's crisis
    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,...