House Minority Leader Tom Cross

Illinois State Capitol 2, Getty Images, photo by Henryk Sadura

Illinois Lawmakers Keep Trying to Pass the Buck

The plan to make local school districts pay into their teachers’ pension systems was just too nasty and contentious.


Illinois Lawmakers Trying to Close Pension Loopholes

Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross says the bill would stop state lawmakers from padding their pensions by taking better-paying jobs in government.


Springfield, IL

Dismal Budget Outlook for Illinois

“We are at a point in this state, in order to literally survive financially and get our heads above water.”


Pensioners, Getty Image, Christopher Furlong

Increased Contributions to Illinois Pension System

Henry Bayer, executive director of AFSCME Council 31, says that’s a key component of paying down the $85 billion liability.


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