Pension Crisis

About 100 Chicago teachers and supporters marched outside City Hall on Thursday, to protest $200 million in budget cuts, including 1,400 job cuts. (Credit: CBS)

Teachers Protest CPS Budget Cuts, Layoffs

Public school teachers were raising their voices against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s leadership of the district; in particular his proposal to help shore up CPS finances by having teachers pay the full cost of their individual pension contributions, most of which is now paid by the district.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Preckwinkle: Sales Tax Hike Necessary To Keep County Afloat

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday she will present a preliminary budget plan that includes a proposal to increase the county sales tax she spent years rolling back.

06/30/2015

Chicago Public Schools Headquarters

Testing, Evaluations Focus Of Negotiations Between CPS, Teachers

The Chicago Public Schools and its teachers face two deadlines on Tuesday: their three-year contract expires at midnight, and a $634 million pension payment is due by the end of the day.

06/30/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel Rejects Rauner Plan To Advance $450M To Chicago Schools

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is rejecting Gov. Bruce Rauner’s offer to advance $450 million in state funds to help Chicago Public Schools make a $634 million pension payment.

06/29/2015

Chicago Public Schools Headquarters

Document: Rauner Plan Would Advance $450M To Chicago Schools

Gov. Bruce Rauner is offering to accelerate state grant payments to help cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools make a $634 million pension contribution, according to a summary of the proposal obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.

06/29/2015

Chicago Public Schools Headquarters

Analyst: CPS Has ‘No Choice’ But To Borrow $1B Amid Cash Crunch

A top financial analyst said bond rating agencies probably won’t be troubled by the Chicago Board of Education’s vote to borrow more than $1 billion to help the Chicago Public Schools address a massive budget crunch in the coming year.

06/25/2015

Chicago Public Schools Headquarters

House Defeats Delay In CPS Pension Payment

Illinois Democrats’ cross-party dispute in the state Capitol turned internal Tuesday when the majority party in the House failed to approve giving cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools a six-week reprieve on making a $634 million pension contribution.

06/23/2015

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Emanuel To Send Aldermen His Budget Plan A Month Early

Facing a $1 billion shortfall in its operating budget, and a combined $20 billion pension deficit, the mayor said he’ll introduce his budget to the City Council in September, instead of October, so aldermen can give him their ideas for confronting the crisis.

06/18/2015

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Emanuel: City Coming Up With Plan B For Pensions After High Court Ruling

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said officials at City Hall are working on what they can do to shore up the city’s underfunded public employee pension funds, after an Illinois Supreme Court ruling overturned the state’s pension overhaul.

05/11/2015

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: Illinois.gov)

Illinois Supreme Court Tosses State Pension Overhaul

The decree puts new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly back at the starting line in trying to figure out how to wrestle down a $111 billion deficit in what’s necessary to cover its state employee retirement obligations.

05/08/2015

Aldermen Brendan Reilly, Ameya Pawar, and Michele Smith (left to right) roll out two stacks of budget documents and audits as they criticize mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for not providing specifics for his budget plan. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Emanuel Allies: Garcia Budget Plan As Real As ‘Leprechauns And Unicorns’

At a City Hall press conference, City Clerk Susana Mendoza and three aldermen who back the mayor rolled out a couple of hand trucks of budget books and audits they claim mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia could use to craft his budget plans.

03/19/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia outlines part of his budget plan for the city, with less than a month until the runoff election against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

Garcia Gives Some Details On Budget Plan, Still Mum On Revenue

Saying the city is teetering on a financial cliff, mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Friday outlined the first specifics of his budget plans, though he remained vague on key details.

03/13/2015

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: Illinois.gov)

Illinois Justices Press State’s Lawyer On Pension Overhaul

Illinois Supreme Court justices asked the state’s lawyer to explain Wednesday how the government can seek extraordinary power to reduce public pension benefits in the face of a fiscal crisis when the government itself is culpable for the financial mess.

03/11/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Set To Lay Out His Solutions For Illinois’ Challenges

The Republican’s first State of the State address, scheduled for noon Wednesday before the General Assembly in Springfield, comes as some state agencies and programs already are running out of money this year and with Illinois facing an even greater budget gap next year.

02/04/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, William "Dock" Walls, Willie Wilson, Bob Fioretti, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia

Emanuel, Rivals Spar Over Budget, Pensions At Second Debate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his challengers addressed the city’s budget and crippling pension debt in their second formal debate on Friday, and the mayor left the door open just a tiny bit on a possible property tax hike.

01/30/2015

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Unions Sue To Stop Chicago Pension Overhaul

Current and retired city workers and their labor unions have filed a lawsuit arguing a law overhauling Chicago’s pension systems is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court also asks a judge to stop the law from taking effect Jan. 1.

12/16/2014

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: Illinois.gov)

Illinois Supreme Court Allows Speedy Pension Appeal

The case involves the pension fix lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn adopted last year. The law cut retirement benefits and made other changes to help fill a $111 billion deficit in five state pensions systems caused by years of state underfunding.

12/11/2014

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: Illinois.gov)

Madigan To Appeal Pension Law Ruling To Supreme Court “Shortly”

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she expects the state’s highest court could take up the state’s landmark pension overhaul plan by the end of January, now that a lower court judge has ruled it unconstitutional.

11/24/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Judge Rules Illinois Pension Overhaul Unconstitutional

Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz ruled Friday in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the state’s landmark pension overhaul. The state is expected to appeal the ruling directly to the Illinois Supreme Court.

11/21/2014

Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

BGA: Suburban Police, Fire Pension Fund Shortfalls Total $3.3 Billion

Police and fire departments across suburban Cook County might be in line for some budget cuts, as huge pension problems loom, according to a report from a government watchdog.

08/06/2014

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