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Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Wants State Support for $600 Million Chicago Pension Crisis

Emanuel Wants State Support for $600 Million Chicago Pension Crisis

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is finally talking about how he plans to address the looming $600 milion pension bill for police and firefighters. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Gov. Quinn Approves Early Education Law

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that sets aside a bigger portion of state grant money to finance early childhood education. Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

POLL: Chicago Voters Balk at Emanuel's $250 Million Property Tax Hike

POLL: Chicago Voters Balk at Emanuel's $250 Million Property Tax Hike

File under "News That Will Surprise Exactly No One": an overwhelming majority of Chicago voters oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to shore up city pension funds with a $250 million property tax increase. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Shoots Down Quinn's Pitch to Share State Revenue

Rahm Emanuel Shoots Down Quinn's Pitch to Share State Revenue

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is smacking down Gov. Pat Quinn's pitch to solve the city's looming pension crisis by sharing state income tax revenue. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Pension Deal Increases Property Taxes

Homeowners will pay more in property taxes and some city employees will see their retirement benefits cut under a pension reform plan reportedly unveiled Monday evening. Read »

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Close to Deal With Two City Pension Funds: Report

City Close to Deal With Two City Pension Funds: Report

The Chicago Sun-Times, citing unnamed sources, said talks ramped up after Moody's Investors Services earlier this month downgraded Chicago's credit rating from A3 to Baa1. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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By Michelle Relerford, BJ Lutz

Public Workers Hit Springfield to Fight New Pension Law

Public Workers Hit Springfield to Fight New Pension Law

Dozens of state employees boarded buses in Chicago early Wednesday morning for a trip to Springfield with a message for lawmakers: keep your hands off our pensions. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Unions Seek to Reframe Chicago Pension Debate

Opinion: Unions Seek to Reframe Chicago Pension Debate

It’s an age-old adage: How you frame a political debate goes a long way to determining whether or not you’re likely to win. Read »

Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM
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By Sara Burnett, The Associated Press

Quinn Drops Appeal of Lawsuit Over Lawmaker Pay

Quinn Drops Appeal of Lawsuit Over Lawmaker Pay

Governor's actions come about a week after the General Assembly approved a plan that supporters say would eliminate the massive unfunded liability and save the state $160 billion over the next three decades,... Read »

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM
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By Associated Press, Ward Room Staff

Quinn Signs Illinois Pension Overhaul Into Law

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law a landmark overhaul aimed at fixing Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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