Illinois pensions

Developing
2:21 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Lawmakers Will Get Paid: Governor Not Happy

A Cook County Judge ruled today that Illinois lawmakers will continue to receive paychecks while Governor Pat Quinn appeals a related ruling. 

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Illinois Pensions
11:14 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Pension Committee Update

Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville (left) and Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, discuss estimated savings of a previous plan designed to cut the state's pension costs.
Credit Brian Mackey / IPR

A special committee has been negotiating over how to solve the pension problem for more than 12 weeks. 

State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, is careful these days when she talks about the status of pension deliberations, and especially when asked how close legislators are to reaching a deal.

"I have actually stopped making predictions publicly, because I have been so wrong, that I'm a little bit embarrassed at this point," she says.

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WNIJ and Rockford Register Star collaboration
4:25 am
Fri August 30, 2013

What Fixing Illinois Pensions Means To You

Susan Stephens, Steve Cunningham, Dave Syverson, and Chuck Sweeny talk pension reform at Riverfront Museum Park.
Credit Victor Yehling / WNIJ

Illinoisans continue to struggle along in the state with the “worst in the nation“ public pension system.    Now, the cries for reform are louder than ever as the deficit continues to snowball.

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Government
10:58 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Quinn Takes Action To Suspend Pay For Lawmakers

Governor Pat Quinn is using his veto power to try to suspend state lawmakers' pay because of their inaction on Illinois' pension crisis. 

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Government
7:02 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Pensions And Concealed Carry Part Of Springfield Schedule

Credit Illinois.gov

The committee in charge of finding a pension solution for Illinois is scheduled to meet again Monday. The 10-member committee formed last month out of a special session on pensions. But will the threat of another deadline force them strike a deal?

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Illinois Pensions
6:30 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Quinn Critical Of Pension Panel's Progress

Pension mascot "squeezy" developed as part of Governor Pat Quinn's social media strategy
Credit thisismyillinois.com

Governor Pat Quinn had harsh words for the pension conference committee that met in Chicago this week. Lawmakers are trying to come to an agreement on how to fix Illinois' pension problems.

The conference committee, which was formed last week, was Quinn's idea. But he says he thought they'd get to work right away.

"They don't wait eight days to get together. I think it was a little disappointing that the members of this conference committee took their own sweet time at even coming together," said Quinn.

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New committee with big responsibilty
12:57 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Ten Tasked With Illinois Pension Reform

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. 

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Meeting today in Chicago
4:48 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Pension Stalemate Continues Among Illinois' Democratic Leaders

Credit state of Illinois

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.

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Pension Overhaul
7:39 am
Thu June 13, 2013

House GOP Leader: Pension Stall Is Intentional

Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego
Credit ilga.gov

The top Republican in the Illinois House of Representatives says he thinks Democratic leaders are purposely not passing pension reform for their own political gain.

There are lots of conspiracies for why pension reform hasn’t been approved.

One is that it’s purely a legal debate over how to interpret the constitution.

Another - is that the powerful House Speaker and state Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan - is stalling because it would somehow help his daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, to become governor in next year’s election.

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Pension Overhaul
4:55 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Expert: Quinn Must Win On Pensions

Kent Redfield
Credit UIS

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn “Desperately needs a win” on pension reform. That’s the conclusion of political scientist Kent Redfield. The U of I - Springfield professor spoke ahead of next week’s special session on pensions, which Quinn ordered. Redfield says the Governor repeatedly blamed pension costs for the state's budget problems. If no agreement is reached, Redfield says, Quinn will look weak going into next year’s primary election:

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