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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 »

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 »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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By The Associated Press

Ill. Supreme Court to Hear Appeal on Lawmaker Pay

Ill. Supreme Court to Hear Appeal on Lawmaker Pay

The high court issued its one-page order Wednesday. It has not yet scheduled a hearing date. 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 »

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

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

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Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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

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