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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 »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Mark Kirk Calls For Pension Reform

Mark Kirk Calls For Pension Reform

Senator demands legislators find bipartisan solution to state's fiscal crisis. Read »

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 8:16 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Quinn Calls Special Session for Pension Reform

Quinn Calls Special Session for Pension Reform

Special session scheduled for Aug. 17. Read »

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 8:15 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Quinn Calls Lawmakers to Special Session

Quinn Calls Lawmakers to Special Session

Quinn basically wants lawmakers to deal with the same proposals that failed to gain traction during the last session. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

County Faces $268M Budget Shortfall

County Faces $268M Budget Shortfall

Rollback of former President Todd Stroger’s sales tax increase, decline in court filings, gas and diesel taxes to blame. Read »

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Rod Blagojevich

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Accidental gov no longer.

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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