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Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM
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By Associated PRess/Alexandria Fisher

Rahm's Pension Fix Clears Committee, Heads to House

An Illinois House committee has given quick approval to a plan by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to bail out two Chicago pension systems. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:58 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Pension Deal Increases Property Taxes

Homeowners will pay more in property taxes and some city employees will see their retirement benefits cut under a pension reform plan reportedly unveiled Monday evening. Read »

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

City Close to Deal With Two City Pension Funds: Report

City Close to Deal With Two City Pension Funds: Report

The Chicago Sun-Times, citing unnamed sources, said talks ramped up after Moody's Investors Services earlier this month downgraded Chicago's credit rating from A3 to Baa1. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

Moody's Downgrades Chicago's Rating Over Pensions

Moody's Downgrades Chicago's Rating Over Pensions

As Chicago's credit rating goes down, the city will have to pay higher interest rates. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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By Michelle Relerford, BJ Lutz

Public Workers Hit Springfield to Fight New Pension Law

Public Workers Hit Springfield to Fight New Pension Law

Dozens of state employees boarded buses in Chicago early Wednesday morning for a trip to Springfield with a message for lawmakers: keep your hands off our pensions. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Unions Seek to Reframe Chicago Pension Debate

Opinion: Unions Seek to Reframe Chicago Pension Debate

It’s an age-old adage: How you frame a political debate goes a long way to determining whether or not you’re likely to win. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Chicago Coalition Forms to Fight Pension Cuts

Several Chicago groups have joined forces with the goal of protecting retirement security. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Cullerton Talks Tough on CTU Pensions. CTU Doesn't Blink.

Cullerton Talks Tough on CTU  Pensions. CTU Doesn't Blink.

In a one-two punch, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has called on Chicago Public School teachers to give up some future benefits to help reform the city’s troubled pension system by warning that if they... Read »

Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Emanuel Seeks Help In Dealing with City Pension Shortfall

Emanuel Seeks Help In Dealing with City Pension Shortfall

A few days after Gov. Pat Quinn gave a State of the State speech without mentioning Chicago’s looming pension crisis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reaching out to lawmakers in Springfield for help. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Union Group Files Suit to Overturn Pension Reform

Calling the pension reform law passed last year “pension theft”, a coalition of unions has filed suit to overturn the legislation in a downstate court. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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