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Quinn Rejects Union Pension Plan, Cross Urges More Special Sessions If No Deal FridayAs he prepared for the special legislative session he called for this Friday in Springfield, Gov. Pat Quinn was shooting down a pension reform proposal being pitched by the state’s labor unions.
Governor Calls Special Session To Deal With Pension ReformGov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the Illinois General Assembly next month in an effort to finally reach a consensus on pension reform.
Governor, Legislative Leaders Still Divided On Pension ReformGov. Pat Quinn and the state's four legislative leaders remained split on how to fix the state's severely underfunded public pension systems, though the governor did signal a shift in philosophy regarding teacher pensions.
Mayor Emanuel Pushes Pension Reform In SpringfieldMayor Rahm Emanuel went to Springfield on Tuesday to speak to state lawmakers about the need for pension reform at the city and state levels.
House Panel Votes To Strip Free Health Care From Retired State WorkersIllinois' 78,000 state government retirees could lose their free health care benefits, under a measure headed to the full Illinois House for consideration.
Jesse White Calls For Rep. Smith To Resign; GOP Wants ProbeIllinois Secretary of State Jesse White is calling on his onetime political protégé, State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), to resign after his arrest for bribery.
Republicans Slam Democrats On Anniversary Of Income Tax HikeMarking the first anniversary of the income tax hike approved by Gov. Pat Quinn and the Democrat-controlled legislature, Republican lawmakers hammered Democrats over the tax increase, saying people don't like it and it's not working.
Lawmakers Pushing For Rollback Of Corporate Income Tax HikeIllinois House Republicans – and even some House Democrats – want to roll back the state’s corporate income tax increase, but there’s no serious talk of also rolling back the personal income tax hike.
House Reaches Deal For Tax Breaks For Sears, CMEIllinois lawmakers will try again to pass a measure aimed at keeping two of the state’s largest companies from jumping ship.
Proposed Legislation Takes Aim At Pension Double DippersNew proposed legislation aims to close the loopholes that have allowed some Chicago labor union leaders to collect massive public pensions.
Illinois GOP Pushing $500M Jobs PackageIllinois Republicans have filed a measure they say will create tens of thousands of jobs. They think it’s something Democrats can get behind as well.
Treasurer Encouraged By State Budget TalksIllinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Tuesday that he's encouraged by the atmosphere around the Capitol this year as budget negotiations heat up.
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