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A frustrated Gov. Pat Quinn once again changed strategies Friday as he tries to get lawmakers to send him a pension reform bill, drawing up both a new approach for next week's special session and a longer-term backup plan if that one fails to break a...
Dear House Speaker Michael Madigan, May we call you Mike? Mike — we know you are aware of Wednesday's date, May 29. Friday marks the scheduled end of the Illinois legislature's spring session. Three workdays. As you know, we support your...
The first repercussion of state lawmakers' failure to pass pension reform was felt Monday when a major ratings agency downgraded Illinois' credit rating, saying the government worker retirement system's debt is "unsustainable." The political fallout was...
Tags: Pat Quinn, Elections, Executive Branch, Politics, Ratings
— Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is summoning lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session June 19 to try to break a stalemate over the state's massive public employee pension debt that triggered two downgrades from major credit rating agencies...
Tags: Pat Quinn, Executive Branch, Elections, Politics, Ratings
Democrats are poisoning Illinois and Chicago. Maybe it's too obvious to state, but it isn't said often enough. Or barely at all. Democrats have locked up the city and the state. They have supermajorities in both houses of the Illinois legislature. The...
Clout StreetSPRINGFIELD --- A plan to allow Mayor Rahm Emanuel to skip a large chunk of Chicago Public Schools pension payments for two years failed today after Gov. Pat Quinn vowed to veto it unless lawmakers also approve comprehensive government worker pension....
Tags: Pat Quinn, Elections, John J Cullerton, Politics, Rahm Emanuel
Tribune reporterSPRINGFIELD — New estimates released Tuesday indicate House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension reform proposal would save more money over the next three decades than had been expected. Number crunchers turned in a final review that showed...
— Efforts to expand Illinois casino gambling are losing ground at the Capitol as the plan's new sponsor clashes with Gov. Pat Quinn, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle angles for a piece of the action. Rep. Robert Rita, who started...
The We Are One Illinois coalition represents the hundreds of thousands of active and retired teachers, police officers, nurses, child protective workers and other public servants who never register on the Tribune’s elitist radar. In their name, we...
— Senate President John Cullerton's pension reform proposal would slice only about half of what he estimated it would immediately cut from the state's nearly $100 billion retirement system debt, a development that could boost chances for the rival...
Clout StreetSPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House today approved a far-reaching pension reform plan pushed by Speaker Michael Madigan that is headed for an uncertain fate in the Senate. The proposal aims to erase the state's nearly $100 billion pension debt by...
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