| Nov 27, 2013
| 3:46 PM
Top Illinois legislators said today they’ve reached agreement on a plan to deal with the state’s worst-in-the-nation unfunded public pension liability and expect to vote on it next week.
Details of the measure were unclear today and its...
| Dec 5, 2013
Watching Illinois politicians brag about how they reformed the state pension mess — actually pretending they cured the same deadly infection that they caused years ago — I had an odd thought.
Does Illinois smell south of cheese?
| Dec 6, 2013
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...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 4:57 AM
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....
| Oct 22, 2013
| 10:55 AM
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’...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 1:46 PM
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...
| Oct 31, 2013
Letters to the editor from Woodridge, La Grange and Bolingbrook for the Oct. 31 TribLocal print edition.
While we were sleeping, Jack Frost arrived and painted the autumn landscape with a real heavy dose of frost. The frost glowed in...
| Oct 24, 2013
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...
| Dec 12, 2013
Letters to the editor from Naperville, Lombard, Batavia, Aurora and La Grange Park.
This is in response to "Naperville train crash memorial in the works; Sculpture would be tribute to victims of 1946 tragedy" (News, Dec. 1). When I...
| Dec 12, 2013
Letters to the editor from Glenview, Park Ridge, Arlington Heights and Morton Grove.
It was sad but not surprising to read about so many pit bulls being mistreated, neglected and ultimately euthanized in the Dec. 5 Tribune. These...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 7:36 AM
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton stepped up their effort Monday to persuade a judge to pay all 177 lawmakers even though Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their salaries for failing to rein in Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension...