SPRINGFIELD | The future of a controversial overhaul of state employee pension systems could be determined faster than expected.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. |— Lawyers representing state retiree groups said Tuesday they aim to use a recent Supreme Court decision on health care benefits in an effort to expedite their case challenging Illinois' pension legislation.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | A ruling on whether Illinois' pension overhaul law is constitutional could be delayed until next year after a Sangamon County judge decided Thursday he wants to hear all the arguments raised on the issue.
CHICAGO | The new law overhauling two Chicago pension systems has factored into the re-election bid for Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference in October 2013 in Chicago. On Monday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that would help Chicago reduce a multibillion-dollar pension shortfall but could lead to a property tax increase. Chicago has the worst-funded pension syst…
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. | A troublesome piece of last year's state pension-reform law may not cut university retirees' pensions after all, the State Universities Retirement System now says.
CHICAGO | Illinois mayors from Rockford to Peoria reiterated their call Monday for lawmakers to overhaul local police and fire pension systems to avoid strains on municipal budgets, but there were few signs the Legislature would take up the issue anytime soon.
SPRINGFIELD | Some of the largest public labor unions in Illinois filed a long-awaited lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state's new pension reform law, a move that could delay implementation of the landmark measure and have major ramifications in upcoming elections.
CHICAGO | With his top priority of pension reform inked into law, Gov. Pat Quinn is preparing for a critical election-year State of the State speech this week, needing to persuade lawmakers and voters he has the leadership skills to keep running Illinois.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | While Illinois Republicans have made solving the state's pension crisis their issue for years, far fewer GOP lawmakers than expected supported the watershed package of reforms passed by the Legislature Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD | It easily could be 2016 before Illinoisans know whether new changes to the state’s pension systems are legal, a University of Illinois law professor said Friday.
CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn has signed landmark legislation Thursday to reform Illinois' massively underfunded pension system, though the new law is certain to face threatened lawsuits by labor unions.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is about to get a very fat paycheck.
CHICAGO | The top two Republicans in the Illinois Legislature said Tuesday they're hopeful their Democratic counterparts will soon have a plan to address the state's $100 billion pension crisis — a fix that could get a vote next week if enough lawmakers signal they will vote yes.
CHICAGO | Illinois House lawmakers are expected to gather in Springfield next week to approve a possible solution to the state's roughly $100 billion pension crisis.
SPRINGFIELD | The search for a way out of Illinois’ pension mess will continue today when the state’s legislative leaders meet in a closed-door negotiating session in Chicago.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois lawmakers are penciling in Dec. 5 on their calendars as a possible date for a return trip to the Capitol.
CHICAGO | Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel outlined his proposed $6.97 billion budget Wednesday, but warned that if state lawmakers don't enact pension reform before the city's own obligations surpass more than $1 billion next fiscal year, Chicago would be such an expensive place to live and work …
CHICAGO | Senate President John Cullerton is expressing optimism that the Illinois pension crisis could still be worked out during the fall legislative session, even if the committee tasked with solving the crisis remains split.
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