| Jul 31, 2013
| 4:21 PM
More than five months after saying she wouldn’t return as Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon announced Wednesday she would seek the Democratic comptroller nomination but wouldn’t say if she backs her boss for re-...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:15 PM
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she cannot issue paychecks to lawmakers unless they vote to overturn Gov. Pat Quinn's $13.8 million veto of their salaries or a court rules her office must pay out.
The decision comes after weeks of...
| Jul 25, 2013
England has a new royal baby, Prince George.
But in Chicago, where English kings are frowned upon, we have plenty of royal babies of our own.
And they aren't mere figureheads. They're Democrats with real power, from great houses that grab public...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 4:32 PM
By America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist, for the Sunday paper Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Do not appoint Democratic State Rep. Deb Mell of Chicago to the City Council vacancy created by the retirement of her father, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd).......
| Jul 11, 2013
What does Jell-O look like as it grows a spine?
It looks like Gov. Pat Quinn.
It's amazing what happens to a man when he grabs an entire state General Assembly by its paychecks and begins to squeeze. It's the old Illinois saying: Grab their wallets,...
| Jul 14, 2013
Agreed, there was something deeply satisfying about Gov. Pat Quinn's announcement last week that he was suspending the pay of state lawmakers until they acted on pension reform.
"There is a principle as old as the Bible," said Quinn, who also voluntarily...
| Jul 8, 2013
Teachers have been told their retirement benefits must be cut because the state has a budget problem. This is especially hard for teachers to accept because we do not get Social Security. More than 70 years ago, the state decided to establish the...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 2:44 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The General Assembly is in special session today to form a conference committee of lawmakers who will try to come up with a way to break a stalemate on government worker pension reform.
The Senate got the ball rolling by voting 45-11 not...
| Jun 20, 2013
Illinois House Bill 3303 has recently been called a distraction, and that’s unfortunate.
It is a bill that would freeze public sector benefits to date and going forward would include employees into a 401(k)-style retirement plan. The true...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Democratic candidate for governor Bill Daley excoriated Gov. Pat Quinn for a lack of leadership over the state's pension crisis and criticized potential rival Lisa Madigan for not providing a legal opinion on the constitutionality of possible solutions....
| Jun 18, 2013
| 10:26 AM
Unable to round up enough Senate votes for a sweeping measure to overhaul the state’s public employee pension system, Gov. Pat Quinn has backed off in favor of a plan to a form a committee designed to forge a compromise on the hot-button issue....