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Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn to Call Lawmakers Together on Pensions

Quinn to Call Lawmakers Together on Pensions

Illinois House adjourned Friday without a pension reform deal and a Senate spokeswoman said that chamber wouldn't take any more pension votes. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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By SOPHIA TAREEN
      

Gov. Quinn: Illinois Has Chance To Make History

Gov. Pat Quinn said Illinois lawmakers have a chance to make history on two fronts this month by approving a plan to fix the state's decades-old pension crisis and legalizing same-sex marriage. Read »

Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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By SARA BURNETT, Associated Press

Illinois Senate OKs Union-Backed Pension Deal

Illinois Senate OKs Union-Backed Pension Deal

The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to send a union-supported pension reform bill to the House, leaving lawmakers with two competing proposals for dealing with the nation's worst state pension problem just weeks... Read »

Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:04 PM
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By Associated Press, Ward Room Staff
      

Illinois House Passes Pension Reform Bill

House voted 62-51 Thursday to advance the measure sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan. Bill now heads to Senate, where President John Cullerton has his own ideas about reform. Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois House Panel OKs Bipartisan Pension Plan

Illinois House Panel OKs Bipartisan Pension Plan

A House committee on Thursday approved a bi-partisan pension overhaul that requires more employee contributions and floats the issue of shifting pension costs to local school district Read »

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Union Poll Finds No Support For Pension Cuts

Union Poll Finds No Support For Pension Cuts

We Are Illinois releases a poll that finds Illinoisans agree with everything it stands for. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Pension Crisis Looms Over New General Assembly

Michael Madigan, John Cullerton retain leadership posts in bodies with veto-proof Democratic majorities. Still, Gov. Pat Quinn has a lot riding on digging the state out of the lowest bond rating in the nation. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson
      

Pension Reformers Vow to Reintroduce Bill

The sponsors of a comprehensive pension reform bill that failed to get approval this session have pledged to reintroduce the measure as early as Wednesday afternoon. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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By Dick Johnson

Quinn Loses Call for Pension Commission

Quinn Loses Call for Pension Commission

The Illinois House adjourned Tuesday afternoon without taking a vote on Gov. Pat Quinn's last-ditch effort to get a pension deal done before the end of the lame duck session. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013 at 9:11 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Quinn Anxious to Get Pension Deal Done

Gov. Pat Quinn promised to work "all day" to pass a plan before the new legislature is sworn in. Read »

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