SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (Reuters) - Unions representing public employees in Illinois blasted a bill to reform the state's woefully underfunded pension system on Tuesday and said they would take legal action if the bill is passed by the legislature.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today declined to say whether he got a specific pledge from legislative leaders to deal with the city’s pension mess, even as the Illinois legislature is preparing to vote in Springfield today on a state pension reform package that does not address the city’s shortfall.
SPRINGFIELD --- A state office across the street from the Capitol was evacuated Tuesday after receiving an envelope with a suspicious substance, officials said.
By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Public employee unions in Illinois are trying to kill pending pension reform, even though the state is making some extraordinary promises. Even though the state would pay more and guarantee billions for the defined contribution plans before lawmakers decide how much to spend on schools, roads,...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers were poised Tuesday to vote on a plan to solve the state’s Ill. Lawmakers Taking Up Bill To Fix Pension Mess - -
Senate Bill 1 passed the House in May but was defeated in the Senate. Now it's back, in a different form supported by Democrat and Republican legislative leaders, for a possible vote today in Springfield. See what's changed in our handy, shareable infographic.
SPRINGFIELD --- A major overhaul of the state government worker pension system is ready for votes in the House and Senate today following a legislative hearing where top legislative leaders from both political parties took the rare step of lining up in support as unions voiced fierce opposition.
SPRINGFIELD — Republican candidates for governor are split on whether a government worker pension overhaul backed by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn should be approved when lawmakers return to the Capitol this week.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have begun considering a potentially historic plan to address the state's $100 billion pension crisis.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers were poised Tuesday to vote on a plan to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis — a proposal many are calling the most important vote of their careers and one that could deeply reduce the retirement benefits of hundreds of thousands of workers and retirees.
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner are opposed to the pension reform framework agreed to by Springfield lawmakers last week while state Sen. Bill Brady seemed to be in favor of the deal. [ more › ]
On Saturday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation placed a Winter Solstice sign in the Illinois Capitol building in Springfield:
What happens when the biggest, loudest, most annoying echo-chamber on the Internet gets invented in Springfield?
There's plenty for everyone to hate in the pension bill expected to get a vote tomorrow in Springfield. Sorry, ideological purists. That's why it needs to pass. We explain.
By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — While Illinois lacks in the quality of its government — Thanks, Blagojevich — the state certainly has a lot of it. A new report from the Illinois Policy Institute shows Illinois leads the nation in the number of government districts and tax MORE IS NOT BETTER:...
By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois lawmakers will have to pass the state’s reported pension reform deal to find out what’s in it. NOT EVERYONE’S FIRST CHOICE: Raoul says pension deal is a compromise in every sense of the word. Word broke from Chicago about noon on Wednesday that top lawmakers...
By Scott Reeder COME ON BACK: Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has called lawmakers back to Springfield for a session on Tuesday. SPRINGFIELD – Hang on to your wallets – the Illinois General Assembly may soon be back in town. House Speaker Michael Madigan has told his members to be back in Springfield on Tuesday...
Updating an important story from last week (see "Mistrial Declared in Rick Springfield's Buttocks-Assault Case" (Nov. 20)), two new developments. First, The Picture has been released to the media: To be specific, this is the picture the plaintiff claims she...
For Brenda Barton, animal rescue is all about helping fill the greatest need. That was her goal in 2010, when construction began on Forever Home Feline Ranch, a nonprofit cat sanctuary in Springfield, Illinois. As Forever Home’s president and founder, Barton wanted to create a sanctuary for “unadoptable” cats. Show More Summary
Ask Rick Springfield to play "Jessie's Girl" and see what happens. The 1980 tune was the Australian rocker/actor's biggest hit, and he plays it all the time, for everyone. And it turns out that more than 30 years later, he's still not...Show More Summary