12/10/13 10:25 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn went without a paycheck for months to make the point that lawmakers needed to pass a pension reform bill. Now he's seeking to make sure the successful effort will pay off for his re-election bid. In the message, Quinn says "the pension crisis was the biggest fiscal challenge...
By Tim Mak | 12/09/13 02:16 PM
Sen. Mark Kirk's office announced Monday that the senator, who is still recovering from a 2012 stroke, underwent surgery to remove his gall bladder. Kirk, R-Ill., went to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Illinois on Saturday with stomach pains. Doctors determined he had gall stones and on...
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 10:35 AM
Hundreds of striking Will County employees are getting ready to return to work after union officials say they reached a tentative deal following a more than two-week walkout.
By Associated Press | 12/04/13 09:14 AM
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan Tuesday to eliminate the state's $100 billion pension shortfall, a long-delayed decision proponents described as critical to repairing the state's deeply troubled finances but that faces the immediate threat of a legal...
By Kerry Lester | 12/03/13 09:07 AM
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — 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...
By Kerry Lester | 12/02/13 07:47 AM
Up against a determined effort to curtail state employees' retirement benefits, Illinois' unions are staging an all-out campaign to thwart approval of a breakthrough proposal to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis, specifically targeting a small contingent of moderate Senate Democrats.
11/30/13 03:36 PM
(www.nytimes.com) Around the nation, officials wrestling with rising pension costs and underfinanced systems will be watching closely to see if Illinois is willing to challenge labor.
By Associated Press | 11/24/13 10:57 AM
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Most states led by Democratic governors are running their own health insurance marketplaces as part of the Affordable Care Act, but not Illinois. The 2014 elections are among the reasons keeping legislators in President Barack Obama's home state from setting up the...
11/20/13 09:09 AM
Kelly Bailey was so blown away by Pink's recent Chicago concert that she hopped online to nab tickets to the star's Wednesday show at Rosemont's Allstate Arena. But the 30-year-old speech pathologist couldn't stomach paying scalper markups online — again. Elmwood Park Mayor Skip Saviano didn't...
11/19/13 09:15 AM
This summer, the Metra patronage scandal erupted after an allegation that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan tried getting the rail agency to give a raise to a campaign worker who held a state job. Tempers once again flared after the Sun-Times revealed that the raise request — which Madigan...
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