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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 »

Friday, Jun 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Democrats To Try Again on Madigan's Pension Bill

Democrats To Try Again on Madigan's Pension Bill

Democratic leaders in the Illinois Legislature said Friday that they would try again to pass a pension-reform plan backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, rejecting a request from Gov. Pat Quinn to form a... 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 »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM
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By Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press

Quinn Prepared to Call Special Session on Pensions

Quinn Prepared to Call Special Session on Pensions

Gov. Pat Quinn dangled the possibility Tuesday that he'll call lawmakers back for a special session on Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis, but he pressed Senate President John Cullerton and House... Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:45 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois Senate Rejects House Pension Reform Bill

Illinois Senate Rejects House Pension Reform Bill

The proposal pushed by House Speaker Michael Madigan failed Thursday evening, with 16 voting "yes" and 42 voting "no." Read »

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