The overhaul, approved by the General Assembly this week after years of delay and inaction, cuts benefits for most employees and retirees.
Candidate Bruce Rauner was criticized by fellow candidate Dan Rutherford, the state treasurer, for not facing citizens and the press when he announced his candidacy.
Several Republicans considering runs for the 2014 governor’s race have criticized Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address for a lack of specifics and little attention to Illinois’ strained finances.
Associated Press is delving into DUI case of department of corrections chief investigator’s son.
Jim Edgar has contributed more than 230 hours of interviews for the Illinois Statecraft Oral History Program.