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  • Murky mess at Illinois Capitol as higher stakes loom

    Murky mess at Illinois Capitol as higher stakes loom
    Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday admitted he's not sure his plan to cut government worker pension costs is legal and suggested legislators may need to pass a bunch of laws to see what sticks. Rauner also indicated he's "taken a number of things off the...
  • Rauner acknowledges 'some concerns' about whether his pension plan will work

    Rauner acknowledges 'some concerns' about whether his pension plan will work
    Gov. Bruce Rauner has joined the ranks of people who have doubts about the way forward for solving Illinois’ pension problems after the state Supreme Court tossed out a 2013 law that sought savings by cutting benefits for workers and retirees....
  • Rauner sticks to his pension approach despite questions about legality

    Rauner sticks to his pension approach despite questions about legality
    Gov. Bruce Rauner is sticking to his plan to reduce retirement benefits for government workers, even after a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling severely limited options for cutting state pension costs, administration officials said Wednesday. That...
  • Illinois legislators skeptical about new pension deal this spring

    Illinois lawmakers expressed skepticism Wednesday that they'll be able to pass a new pension reform bill this spring, despite pressure from Gov. Bruce Rauner and major credit rating agencies to quickly replace the 2013 overhaul that the state Supreme...
  • Vernon Hills dismisses Rauner 'Turnaround Agenda'

    Vernon Hills dismisses Rauner 'Turnaround Agenda'
    Vernon Hills followed suit with Libertyville and on April 21 decided not to vote in support of Gov. Bruce Rauner's controversial "Turnaround Agenda." "There's an awful lot of affirmation in this document that we have absolutely no control over," Mayor...
  • The real scrooges in Springfield don't include Rauner

    The real scrooges in Springfield don't include Rauner
    Gov. Bruce Rauner's austere budget plans have been called morally reprehensible. The mother of an autistic child who testified before lawmakers recently about the services her child will lose due to budget cuts drove home the painful point. This state...
  • Senate President Cullerton offers new pension plan

    Senate President Cullerton offers new pension plan
    Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday facing renewed pressure to overhaul the state's employee pension system after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down a law aimed at sharply curbing benefits, with Senate President John Cullerton proposing an...
  • Will Sen. Althoff stand for taxpayers?

    Will Sen. Althoff stand for taxpayers?
    This is a story about a bill that would make useless local governments disappear. Watch this carefully, because it's the guts of the bill that might vanish before your eyes. The Illinois House last month passed the bill, which was sponsored by state...
  • Obama's library to be built in Chicago, sources say

    Obama's library to be built in Chicago, sources say
    President Barack Obama has selected the University of Chicago to host his library and museum, sources have told the Chicago Tribune. Despite a flurry of reports Thursday that Chicago had won the library, there was no official confirmation by the Obama...
  • Speaker Madigan wants closer look at Rauner budget cuts

    Speaker Madigan wants closer look at Rauner budget cuts
    Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Friday he'll convene a panel to dissect Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's handling of the budget after the administration froze $26 million in grants earmarked for programs ranging from autism services to...
  • Illinois Supreme Court rules landmark pension law unconstitutional

    Illinois Supreme Court rules landmark pension law unconstitutional
    The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday unanimously ruled unconstitutional a landmark state pension law that aimed to scale back government worker benefits to erase a massive $105 billion retirement system debt, sending lawmakers and the new governor back to...