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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.
CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn expressed hope Friday about an evolving $138 billion savings plan to solve Illinois' public pension problem, but he stopped short of fully endorsing it.
CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn said he will veto any legislation with special tax incentives to get Archer Daniels Midland Co. to keep its global headquarters in Illinois until legislators approve a fix for the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn lost two attempts Friday to stop legislators from being paid while he appeals a court ruling that determined it was unconstitutional of him to freeze the money in an effort to get lawmakers to solve Illinois' pension fund problem.
CHICAGO | Chicago Public Schools and city leaders say the state's failure to enact pension reform is to blame for the district laying off more than 2,100 employees — a cut that one legislator described Friday as "more dramatic than anything the state has seen" during its long-festering, near…
CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois' massive pension shortfall is growing at a slower pace of $5 million a day.
CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn sought Friday to pin responsibility for solving Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis squarely on the General Assembly, saying lawmakers must "do their job" and come up with a deal before a special legislative session later this month.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | With just days before an end-of-session deadline, lawmakers have only inched toward a solution for Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension problem.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Illinois' state universities and community colleges have agreed to gradually start picking up their own retirement costs under a preliminary deal that emerged at a public hearing Thursday, a step forward on a concept that's been debated by lawmakers for more than a year.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | State lawmakers inched along Thursday with ideas aimed at solving Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis as three different proposals — including a bipartisan plan — saw movement.
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