VALPARAISO | The 2015 budget and salaries ordinances were introduced at Monday's council meeting calling for 3 percent raises for all employees but no increases for elected officials.
INDIANAPOLIS | Region residents considering a career in state or local government, including public education, may want to begin working in the next few years or risk losing a guaranteed pension benefit at retirement.
INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana is seeing a retirement surge among state and local government employees and teachers this year, but it appears a state-ordered change to an optional retirement benefit isn't what's driving workers to end their careers.
INDIANAPOLIS | A House-approved measure halting the privatization of a state annuity program for retired government employees, including teachers, cleared a Senate committee Wednesday 9-0 and advances to the full Senate.
INDIANAPOLIS | State lawmakers took a first step Tuesday toward halting a plan to privatize the supplemental annuity payment available to retired state and local government employees, including teachers.
SPRINGFIELD | The amount Illinois must pay to keep pace with its pension systems should grow less than 2 percent next year but still total nearly $7 billion, according to a report released Tuesday.
CROWN POINT | The Lake County solid waste district should temper spending of new income tax revenues with frugality rather than using it for proposed employee pensions, a district board member says.
CROWN POINT | The path and funding mechanism for possible Lake County solid waste district employee pensions have not yet been decided, the district's top employee said Thursday.
The Lake County Solid Waste Management District needs to apply the "reduce, reuse, recycle" mantra to household waste, not bad ideas.
Lake County's top solid waste district official said he wants all new income tax revenues to be directed to a fund for projects or operating expenses, not employee pensions.
About a quarter of a million dollars in new Lake County income tax revenues would help fund retirement benefits for solid waste district administrators and staff under a new proposal, a top district official said.
The Illinois General Assembly's failure to enact meaningful public employee pension reform is shameful.
INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers soon may be forced to pay a "convenience fee" when using a credit or debit card to pay municipal or utility charges under a new law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.
SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois House rejected a proposal Thursday requiring the state’s public employee pension systems to stop investing in gun manufacturers.
Do you lay awake at night wondering if you'll have enough money to pay the bills, let alone retire?
The three-legged stool of retirement planning is collapsing.
The Land of Lincoln is rusting away. Public sector pensions underfunded by $83 billion are a crisis Illinois has faced for years but still has not resolved.
Region views on politicians' pensions
Region views on politicians' pensions
Julie Birmingham, Crown Point | "I would lean more toward that they have gotten their cut. Just serve their term and go back to the private sector. I've been a homemaker for the last 20 years and even done some volunteering without a dime."
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