| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:22 AM
For Gov. Pat Quinn, putting pen to paper on a bill to salvage the nation's worst-funded state employee pension system will be a signature moment both literally and politically.
More than two years of the governor's repeated calls for action on the...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 4:08 PM
Some Illinois workers told to stay home were called back to their jobs Wednesday, while others began preparing for furloughs, highlighting the ongoing uncertainty caused by the partial shutdown of the federal government.
Several dozen state workers...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 5:40 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ largest government employee unions sued Tuesday to overturn Illinois’ new pension law, ripping the long sought, landmark money-saving changes as outright “theft” from workers that won’t pass a...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 1:53 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today indicated that hundreds of additional state workers could be temporarily laid off if there's no resolution to the federal government shutdown within the next several days.
That news from the Democratic governor came in a letter he...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 4:29 AM
The Illinois Retired Teachers Association filed suit Friday challenging the constitutionality of the state’s historic but controversial plan to deal with the nation’s most underfunded public employee pension system.
The lawsuit is the...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:51 PM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is shifting the job of vetting who is eligible to receive state health care coverage for the poor from an outside company to state employees, a move Republicans criticized Tuesday as a “backroom deal” that will...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 5:05 AM
A group representing retired state workers on Thursday filed the second lawsuit challenging sweeping changes to the state’s public employee pension system, arguing the measure violates a clause in the Illinois Constitution intended to protect...
| 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,...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Let the California public employee pension war of 2014 begin.
On Monday, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris released the ballot title and summary for San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s pension initiative, which would allow government agencies to negotiate...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 4:40 PM
As tempting as it is to make the 2014 election a referendum on Democrat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, more is required of Connecticut Republicans to win the trust of voters.
The key to energizing voters is to offer a credible plan on how life in Connecticut...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 5:34 PM
Even in deep blue California, where Democrats dominate, organized labor is losing public popularity.
That's a general statement, based on nonpartisan polling.
Specifically, public employee unions are tarnishing all labor, according to the pollster....