| Feb 17, 2014
| 4:48 PM
A few days ago the Public Broadcasting Service announced it was returning a $3.5-million grant it had received from a Texas billionaire to fund a series of documentaries about the "pension peril" -- the costs to cities and states of their public...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:23 PM
WASHINGTON — The future of public-sector labor unions may rest with conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court debated whether teachers and other public employees should continue to be required to pay union fees, even if...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 8:37 AM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defended her decision to require nonessential Baltimore employees to travel to work Thursday or stay home and use vacation time, saying residents need services in severe weather.
Union representatives said the decision...
| Feb 14, 2014
It's the headline or TV news item that public officials dread: City workers sleeping on the job! Garbage truck drivers dining on the public dime! Public workers wasting your taxpayer dollars!
Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation managers were so worried...
| Feb 9, 2014
As Illinois leaders began searching for ways to fix the state's underfunded public employee pension system, Gov. Pat Quinn turned to retired Judge Gino DiVito for some free advice.
DiVito told him in 2010 that pension rights for current state...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 8:37 PM
The Supreme Court will hear a 1st Amendment case this week involving Chicago-area in-home care providers that could end up dealing a major blow to public-sector labor unions.
Illinois, California, Maryland, Connecticut and other states have long used...
| Jan 23, 2014
Workers shouldn't have to choose between their jobs and their consciences. They shouldn't have to pay money to press a political agenda they don't agree with, and if they belong to a union that uses their dues for politicking, as most unions do, they...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 6:25 PM
RICHMOND — Federal prosecutors filed criminal corruption charges against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on Tuesday, saying they used his office for their own gain.
Hours later, McDonnell accused prosecutors of a false and...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 9:50 AM
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.
| Jan 22, 2014
| 11:43 AM
Public employees have a right to be represented by a union and to collective bargaining in states like Maryland where the law allows it. And the only way such a system can work — at least on a practical level — is to require all those...
| Jan 28, 2014
Illinois is a stinking mess.
A steaming heap of suffocating debt, endless greed, blind self-interest and numbing incompetence. How we've been able to survive this long without plunging into the abyss is beyond me, and all reason.
No need here to...