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Illinois Lawmakers OK Plan to Fix $100B Pension Crisis

The House voted 62-53 in favor of the plan, sending it to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he will sign it. The Senate approved the measure 30-24 just minutes earlier.

12/03/2013

Illinois Capitol

Illinois Lawmakers Scramble to Digest Pension Bill

A growing chorus of conservatives made statements in opposition to the proposal they say is being rushed through. A draft of the 325-page legislation was distributed Sunday and Monday.

12/02/2013

Illinois Capitol

Illinois Legislators Reach Pension Deal

After more than five months of work, Illinois’ legislative leaders announced Wednesday they’ve reached a deal to help solve the state’s $100 billion pension problem, considered the nation’s worst.

11/27/2013

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Illinois Gov Tries to Stop Lawmakers Pay Until Pension Crisis is Fixed

Gov. Pat Quinn said he would use his line-item veto power in a budget bill that’s on his desk, also vowing to not accept a salary himself until a compromise has been agreed.

07/10/2013

Illinois Capitol

Illinois Ends Fiscal Year $6.1 billion In Red

Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka warned that Illinois’ spring influx in unanticipated tax revenue will be short lived because of the state’s unresolved pension problem.

07/01/2013

Senate voted in favor 32-25

Illinois House Speaker Plans New Vote on Pension Plan

Michael Madigan is planning a fresh vote on his plan to overhaul the public-employee pension system, despite a request by the governor.

06/12/2013

Slow Movement on Answer to Illinois Pension Crisis

With just three days to go, lawmakers are inching along on a solution to Illinois’ nearly $100 billion pension crisis

05/29/2013

Springfield, IL

Illinois Senate Committee Approves 2 Pension Proposals

Two somewhat similar pension proposals moved out of a top committee Wednesday in hopes of generating momentum on addressing Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation pension problem.

03/14/2013

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

Illinois House Committee OKs Pension Commission

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is dumping attempts at compromise on public-pension reform and is proposing a commission recommend fixes to $96 billion that would become law unless the Legislature rejects it.

01/08/2013

Michelle Rhee

Education Reformer Rhee Weighs In On Missouri, Illinois Schools

“It is very clear on lots of different indicators that the American public school education system is really struggling right now,” Rhee said.

01/08/2013

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