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.


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.


Sam Dotson, St. Louis Police Chief

Concerns Over Pension, Lack of Street Experience Surround New Police Chief

A longtime critic of local control of the St. Louis Police Department is raising critical questions about the selection of the new Chief, Sam Dotson.


Photo: Frank Polich/Getty Images

Quinn Not Giving Up Hope on Special Session

Illinois lawmakers have been called back to the Capitol with orders to work on the state’s massive pension problem.


st. louis firefighters

UPDATE: City Aldermen Pass Firefighter Pension Cuts

Current firefighters already threatening legal action if passed.


St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (Photo: KMOX)

Suit Filed Over Slay Pension Overhaul

Trustees of the Fireman’s Retirement System of St. Louis are suing to block Mayor Francis Slay’s plan for a pension overhaul.


St. Louis City Hall (KMOX/file photo)

Mayor Slay’s Firefighter Pension Plan Moves Forward

Bill amended so city wouldn’t take control until new system is in place


Sam Dotson, St. Louis Police Chief

Firefighters Blast Mayor Slay’s Pension Plan as “Money Grab”

Opponents claim bill would give Mayor Slay free hand to make future changes to pensions.


KMOX/Brett Blume

St. Louis Looks to Cut Firefighter Pension Benefits

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is looking to cut pension benefits for city firefighters.


St. Louis Fire Department

Rift in St. Louis Fire Department Over Pension Negotiations

African-American firefighters say they’ve been left out of the process




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