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  • Cullerton: Illinois pension debt not a 'crisis'

    Cullerton: Illinois pension debt not a 'crisis'
    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said Sunday that the state's massive public employee pension debt is not a "crisis," but instead an issue being pushed by business-backed groups seeking lower income taxes at the expense of retiree benefits....
  • Madigan: Quinn's paycheck veto void, will not be addressed

    Madigan: Quinn's paycheck veto void, will not be addressed
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of lawmakers’ paycheck will not be taken up as lawmakers return to town for the fall veto session. House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, filed a letter today explaining that the governor’...
  • Emanuel warns of looming city pension crisis in budget speech

    Emanuel warns of looming city pension crisis in budget speech
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel today unveiled a nearly $7 billion budget for 2014, but also focused on a year from now and warned what will happen if the city doesn't fix its pension system by then. “Should Springfield fail to pass pension reform for...
  • Local Voices: Oct. 31 edition

    Letters to the editor from Woodridge, La Grange and Bolingbrook for the Oct. 31 TribLocal print edition. Autumn arrives While we were sleeping, Jack Frost arrived and painted the autumn landscape with a real heavy dose of frost. The frost glowed in...
  • Never Never Land in Springfield Legislature

    The underfunded public pension issue is no crisis to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton because he helped create it! He and House Speaker Michael Madigan passed and amended laws that allow generous cost-of-living increases and easy rules for...
  • 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......
  • Quinn now has 2 legislative wins to fuel re-election effort

    Quinn now has 2 legislative wins to fuel re-election effort
    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...
  • Illinois approves major pension overhaul

    — Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved a historic, sweeping overhaul of government worker pension systems Tuesday, overcoming years of political and philosophical differences in an attempt to address one of the state's most pressing financial...
  • States can raise minimum wage

    Recently protesters have been pounding the pavement in front of fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and other such establishments, to raise the minimum wage to as much as $15 per hour. They have been encouraged by politicians like Mayor Rahm...
  • Raising Arizona

    Raising Arizona
    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 on Tuesday passed a series of modifications to certain...