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Labor Unions Plan To File Lawsuit Against City Pension Reform Law

Labor leaders were planning to go to court to block legislation cutting pension benefits and raising the retirement ages for many city workers, and opening the door for a property tax hike to help pay the city’s share of employee pension costs.

06/10/2014

Pile of cash (CBS)

House OKs ‘Millionaires Tax’ Ballot Initiative

The proposal would place a non-binding resolution on the November ballot asking voters if the Illinois Constitution should be amended to add a 3 percent surcharge to incomes of more than $1 million.

05/23/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Hearing Held On Lawsuit Aiming To Block Term Limits Proposals

Court proceedings have begun in a lawsuit that aims to block proposals for term limits for the Illinois legislature from being placed on the November ballot, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/05/2014

Ballots

Group Gets 532,000 Signatures To End Gerrymandered Districts

With the help of wealthy donors and a bipartisan group of politicians, a petition to end the gerrymandering of Illinois election districts was presented Thursday, but it faces a stiff constitutional challenge that could keep the question off the November ballot.

05/02/2014

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Kirk Opposes Rauner Push For Term Limits

Kirk said if people want to fire their elected officials, they can vote them out of office.

04/24/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Unions Sue To Block State Pension Reform Plan

The lawsuit, which follows others already filed by retirees, argues the pension bill approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn more than a month ago violates a clause of the state constitution that says pension benefits may not be cut.

01/28/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Appeals Court Denies Quinn’s Latest Bid To Block Lawmakers’ Pay

Gov. Pat Quinn lost another round in his bid to block lawmakers’ paychecks until they send him a pension reform plan, when the Illinois Appellate Court denied his request to stop legislators from getting paid.

09/27/2013

City Hall

Retired City Workers Sue To Keep Health Care Subsidy

Chicago’s 30,000 retired city employees are trying to stop Mayor Rahm Emanuel from phasing out the city’s 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care and foisting Obamacare on them.

07/26/2013

Cook County Clerk David Orr and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez say they agree with two recent lawsuits that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. They say they won't defend the law in court, and will concede the state should be required to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (Credit: CBS)

Orr, Alvarez Won’t Fight Suits Challenging Gay Marriage Ban

Cook County Clerk David Orr and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez say they agree with a pair of recent lawsuits alleging the state’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, and they are not fighting the effort to lift that ban.

06/14/2012

Illinois State Capitol

GOP Wants To Block Votes By Lame Duck Lawmakers

Illinois House Republicans want to change the Illinois Constitution to put an end to the General Assembly’s lame duck sessions following an election.

WBBM Newsradio–01/15/2011