pension reform http://northernpublicradio.org en What Fixing Illinois Pensions Means To You http://northernpublicradio.org/post/what-fixing-illinois-pensions-means-you <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinoisans continue to struggle along in the state with the “worst in the nation“ public pension system.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Now, the cries for reform are louder than ever as the deficit continues to snowball.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:25:07 +0000 Susan Stephens 35357 at http://northernpublicradio.org What Fixing Illinois Pensions Means To You Ten Tasked With Illinois Pension Reform http://northernpublicradio.org/post/ten-tasked-illinois-pension-reform <p>Illinois lawmakers have created a committee to address the state's 97-billion-dollar pension problem. The House and Senate agreed to form a bipartisan conference committee to tackle the nation’s largest state pension shortfall.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:57:12 +0000 Susan Stephens 31757 at http://northernpublicradio.org Ten Tasked With Illinois Pension Reform Pension Stalemate Continues Among Illinois' Democratic Leaders http://northernpublicradio.org/post/pension-stalemate-continues-among-illinois-democratic-leaders <p>Illinois’ top public officials met behind closed doors today to discuss the state’s 100-billion dollar pension debt. And still - there is no clear compromise on pension reform.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:48:05 +0000 Tony Arnold 31513 at http://northernpublicradio.org Pension Stalemate Continues Among Illinois' Democratic Leaders Pension Problem Handed Off To New General Assembly http://northernpublicradio.org/post/pension-problem-handed-new-general-assembly <p><span face="">A new session of the Illinois General Assembly begins Wednesday, when candidates who won in November's elections take the oath of office. The outgoing class of legislators left the incoming one with quite a burden. On Tuesday, the previous General Assembly adjourned without doing anything to address the state's massive pension woes. However, there were some last minute attempts. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 22:24:27 +0000 WNIJ 23751 at http://northernpublicradio.org Pension Problem Handed Off To New General Assembly Pension Reform Passes Committee, No House Vote Yet http://northernpublicradio.org/post/pension-reform-passes-committee-no-house-vote-yet <P></P> <P>There’s no deal on a pension reform plan at the Illinois Capitol…yet.</P> <P>The Illinois House adjourned without a floor vote on a contentious plan to change the state’s troubled public employee pension system. An Illinois House committee today gave bi-partisan approval to a plan sponsored by Representative Elaine Nekritz. She says she expects it to be called for a vote by the House Tuesday, at the earliest.</P> <P> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 23:09:17 +0000 WNIJ & Amanda Vinicky 23700 at http://northernpublicradio.org Pension Reform Passes Committee, No House Vote Yet Senate bows out of pension reform discussion http://northernpublicradio.org/post/senate-bows-out-pension-reform-discussion <div><strong><em>Both chambers consider limiting reform to lawmakesrs only</em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>No pension legislation will move through the General Assembly today.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Legislators convened in Springfield for a special session on pensions, but the Senate has already adjourned without taking up any measures. Their website says the next session will be Nov. 27.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Illinois House was still in session at 5 p.m.</div><div> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:30:05 +0000 WNIJ 16938 at http://northernpublicradio.org Frustrated State Rep. Winters moves retirement forward to Tuesday http://northernpublicradio.org/post/frustrated-state-rep-winters-moves-retirement-forward-tuesday <p class="ecxbody1" style="line-height:150%"><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="ecxrole_document" size="2"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span style=""><a href="http://ilga.gov/house/Rep.asp?GA=97&amp;MemberID=1633">State Rep. Dave Winters, R-Shirland</a>, citing frustration over the pension-reform impasse in the Illinois General Assembly, today announced that his retirement from the Illinois House of Representatives will take effect Tuesday, July 31. </span></font></font></font></p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:31:32 +0000 WNIJ 15781 at http://northernpublicradio.org Frustrated State Rep. Winters moves retirement forward to Tuesday Rep. Nekritz expects pension reform will be post-election http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rep-nekritz-expects-pension-reform-will-be-post-election <p><a href="http://ilga.gov/house/Rep.asp?GA=97&amp;MemberID=1666">Illinois State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook,</a> doesn&rsquo;t expect lawmakers to act on pension reform until after the Nov. 6 general election, though Gov. Pat Quinn said they should be ready to return to Springfield this summer to work on the contentious issue.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:57:38 +0000 WNIJ 14701 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rep. Nekritz expects pension reform will be post-election Around Illinois – June 4 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/around-illinois-june-4 <ul><li><strong><em>Does more truck traffic mean economy improvemnent?</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Pension-reform session is a must: Quinn</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Will the governor approve Rockford&rsquo;s casino?</em></strong></li><li><strong><em>Chicago schools reach agreement with a union</em></strong></li></ul><p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:08:14 +0000 Victor Yehling 12774 at http://northernpublicradio.org Sweeping pension changes go to the House floor http://northernpublicradio.org/post/sweeping-pension-changes-go-house-floor <p>State and university employees and public school teachers will have to accept lower cost-of-living adjustments in retirement or see future pay increases not count toward pensions under&nbsp; sweeping changes to the state pension system approved this morning by an Illinois House committee</p><p> Tue, 29 May 2012 17:24:53 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 12466 at http://northernpublicradio.org Sweeping pension changes go to the House floor