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Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 6:22 AM
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By Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press

Lawmakers to Convene Next Week on Pensions

Lawmakers to Convene Next Week on Pensions

House to convene on Dec. 3. Senators told to keep Dec. 3 and 4 open. Read »

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM
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By The Associated Press

Cullerton: Pension Problem Not a "Crisis"

Cullerton: Pension Problem Not a

Chicago Democrat told WGN Radio that the pension shortfall is not an imminent crisis, but that finding a solution can help keep Illinois' income taxes down. Read »

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Lawmakers to Discuss $138B Pension Deal

Lawmakers to Discuss $138B Pension Deal

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has been working to build support for the proposal, hoping that lawmakers will be able to act on it during the Oct. 22 veto session. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Illinois Speaker Sues Governor Over Paycheck

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Gov. Pat Quinn, alleging the veto power he used earlier this month to suspend lawmakers' pay was... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM
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By Kerry Lester, The Associated Press

Bad Credit Rating Costs State $130M Extra

Bad Credit Rating Costs State $130M Extra

Illinois taxpayers will pony up at least $130 million extra in interest payments for a bond sale this week due to lowered credit ratings because lawmakers have failed to solve the state's $97 billion pension... Read »

Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 2:08 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Pension Committee Sets First Meeting

The bipartisan committee of lawmakers tasked with fixing Illinois' $97 billion pension crisis will hold its first meeting next week. The committee has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday morning downtown... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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By The Associated Press

Lawmakers Agree to Form Pension Committee

Both chambers of the Illinois Legislature voted Wednesday to create a bipartisan committee to try to solve the state's worst-in-the-nation pension crisis, but some lawmakers expressed skepticism that the effort... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Quinn, Lawmakers Plan Pension Talks Into July

Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers are working on a new plan to solve the state's $97 billion pension crisis that involves forming a bipartisan committee and reconvening the Legislature again in July. Read »

Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Pension Fight Shows Democratic Leader Differences

Pension Fight Shows Democratic Leader Differences

As lawmakers strain again this week to find a fix for the state's $97 billion pension crisis, the stalemate between House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton highlights the evolving... Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM
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By Kerry Lester, The Associated Press

Quinn Asks Lawmakers To Combine 2 Pension Plans

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's meeting with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to talk about how to solve the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis. Read »

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