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.
SPRINGFIELD | A plan to divert more than a billion dollars from local governments to help finance the state’s pension systems was not called for a vote Wednesday in a House committee.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to alter state pension plans won't just affect rank-and-file public sector workers.
To state officials, the idea of reforming how pensions are funded is a matter of saving money to help bring the state budget back under control.
SPRINGFIELD | It appears unlikely Gov. Pat Quinn will push hard this spring to shift some of the state's skyrocketing pension costs off on local school districts and universities.
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