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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 "Crisis"

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 »

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Comptroller Starts Paying Lawmakers

Comptroller Starts Paying Lawmakers

Cook County judge ruled Thursday that Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to halt lawmaker pay was unconstitutional. His camp immediately filed a motion to appeal that decision and a hearing was scheduled for 10:30... Read »

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM
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By The Associated Press

Madigan Pension Fix Would Save Less Than Estimated

Madigan Pension Fix Would Save Less Than Estimated

The estimated savings on a pension proposal backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan earlier this year is nearly $25 billion less than originally thought. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:10 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Lawmakers to Miss Paychecks Over Pensions

Lawmakers to Miss Paychecks Over Pensions

Illinois lawmakers were set to lose their paychecks Thursday barring a court's intervention, but there still appeared to be no end in sight to a stalemate over the state's $100 billion pension mess that prompted... 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 »

Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Bill Daley Calls Out Quinn, Lisa Madigan On Pensions

In a so-called three-step plan to end Illinois' pension impasse, Bill Daley called out Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday for "failed leadership" and Attorney General Lisa Madigan for making the argument worse. 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 »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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