The United States is not a poor society. Illinois is not a poor state.
INDIANAPOLIS | State pension officials refused Friday to back off their plan to privatize annuity payments for retired state and local government employees, despite a strong legislative recommendation that they reconsider.
Advocates and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration have worked since 2011 to put in place legislation to create a state-based health insurance marketplace to no avail.
CROWN POINT | The quarter of a million dollars in new revenues set to hit Lake County solid waste district coffers in 2014 will come from the thawing of a long-frozen tax levy, the county treasurer said Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD | Although the chances of resolving the state’s pension problems appear slim, Wednesday’s special session of the Illinois General Assembly could make lawmakers’ wallets and waistlines a little bigger.
Members of the House of Representatives work May 30 on the House floor during session at the State Capitol. Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session June 19 to address the pension crisis.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, listens May 8 to lawmakers during a Senate executive hearing on pension legislation at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, listens May 21 to lawmakers debate during a session at the State Capitol. Madigan's pension legislation, which Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn supports, passed in the House but failed in the Senate. Quinn called a special session June 19 for …
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at a news conference after addressing the University of Chicago – Institute of Politics, Quadrangle Club on Tuesday in Chicago. Quinn on Thursday called a special session of the Assembly on pension reform.
LANSING | The Lansing Elementary District 158 Board of Education approved a new contract for Superintendent Cecilia Heiberger last week by a 6-1 vote.
SPRINGFIELD | Despite high hopes from Gov. Pat Quinn, a push to overhaul the state’s massively underfunded employee retirement systems by a Wednesday deadline remains a tough sell.
CHICAGO | Illinois, a state with a reputation for political wheeling and dealing, backroom handshakes and 11th-hour bargains, is dragging its feet on the one deal needed to solve its biggest crisis in a generation.
INDIANAPOLIS | Five state employee pension funds received a windfall payment -- complete with oversized novelty check -- as Gov. Mitch Daniels on Thursday distributed their shares of Indiana's automatic taxpayer refund.
LAPORTE | A decision was made Thursday to take court action seeking to take away the pension now being collected by the wife of a former LaPorte County sheriff.
SPRINGFIELD | Illinois lawmakers failed to address the state's massive pension problem Friday but did expel a legislator over bribery charges during a day of frustration for officials in a state government already burdened by a reputation for paralysis and corruption.
INDIANAPOLIS | Local governments and school corporations will pay higher employee pension contributions next year due to lackluster stock market earnings during the 2012 budget year that ended June 30.
Offering perspective on today's issues
LANSING | Less than a month after Village President Norm Abbott said there would be no immediate change in the salary “spike” provided to retiring police officers and firefighters, the Village Board voted to do away with the 19-year-old municipal perk.
As per the recent Curbside Comment feature, pensions for politicians? Hogwash!
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | End-of-session disputes Wednesday slowed the Illinois Legislature's momentum toward a deal to control rising pension costs and pass a painful state budget.
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