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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 »

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 »

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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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