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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Estimates show Madigan pension plan could save $187 billion

    Estimates show Madigan pension plan could save $187 billion
    SPRINGFIELD — New estimates released Tuesday indicate House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension reform proposal would save more money over the next three decades than had been expected. Number crunchers turned in a final review that showed...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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-...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...