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  • How to mend the scholarship program even as we end it

    Ray Long reports: A bill to eliminate the often-abused legislative scholarship program advanced today in the Senate. The measure is sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, who changed his position from wanting to reform the program to saying i
  • Oh, you Democrats!

    At the tail end of our story today on the bid to rein in pension increases: Democrats led by Senate President John Cullerton shunted proposals to ban legislative scholarships to a subcommittee, a potential setback to efforts to kill the...

    Webliography: Can the state reduce pension benefits?

    UPDATED! There have been a variety of formal opinions issued on the question of whether the Illinois Constitution allows the state to state reduce pension benefits and if so in what fashion. Here are some: No Is welching on public...

    Raising Arizona -- Setbacks in the Grand Canyon State suggest Illinois is in a big legal hole

    If you think the political battle over pension reform in Illinois was long and tough, just wait for the legal battle. After years of wrangling, ducking and finger pointing, the General Assembly Tuesday passed a series of modifications to certain...

    Inquiring minds want to know about teacher pensions and Quinn's reforms

    Q: Why should I care about teacher pensions if I’m not a teacher? A: Because even though Illinois is putting $2.4 billion into the Teachers’ Retirement System this year, that system still accounts for more than half of the state’s...