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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 »

Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 3:21 PM
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By Regina Garcia Cano, Sophia Tareen

House Lawmakers to Test Pension Bill in Committee

House Lawmakers to Test Pension Bill in Committee

A scaled-back overhaul addressing Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension problem is ready for its first test, key House lawmakers said Sunday as they entered the final stretch of the lame-duck session. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark, Michelle Relerford

Talks on Illinois Pension Crisis End Without Deal

Discussions between Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders on Illinois' massive pension crisis have ended without agreement even though at least one major sticking point has been set aside for now. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Michelle Janaye Nealy, Sophia Tareen

Quinn Launches Website in Pensions Campaign

Quinn Launches Website in Pensions Campaign

Gov. Pat Quinn launched a website Sunday outlining a brief history of public pensions, its fiscal problems and ways to discuss solutions through social media, part of the Chicago Democrat's long-awaited campaign... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Quinn to Announce Grassroots Campaign

Quinn to Announce Grassroots Campaign

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is taking his quest for pension reform to social media. Read »

Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Quinn Wants Pension Reform by Jan. 9

Quinn Wants Pension Reform by Jan. 9

The governor spoke to reporters in Chicago after launching a new statewide public-private partnership to improve services for veterans. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Quinn Pushes Back Launch of Pension Reform Campaign

Quinn Pushes Back Launch of Pension Reform Campaign

Gov. Pat Quinn has again pushed back the timeline for when he'll revealed his so-called grassroots campaign to rally support for an overhaul of Illinois' pension system. Read »

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