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Pension Reform

Illinois State Seal

Lawsuit Filed To Block State Pension-Benefit Cuts

The long-anticipated legal challenge comes less than a month after Gov. Pat Quinn signed the so-called pension reform into law.

12/27/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn Signs Pension Reform Plan Into Law

The overhaul, approved by the General Assembly this week after years of delay and inaction, cuts benefits for most employees and retirees. It has a June 1 effective date, but could be delayed by the legal challenges.

12/05/2013

City Hall

What Does State Reform Mean For Chicago’s Pensions?

Now that state lawmakers have taken the tough step of passing state pension reform, what does it mean for Chicago? CBS 2′s Dana Kozlov explains.

12/04/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Lawmakers OK Pension Reform Plan

The Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan Tuesday to eliminate the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall, a vote that proponents described as critical to repairing the state’s deeply troubled finances but that faces the immediate threat of a legal challenge from labor unions.

12/03/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Get Details Of Pension Reform Plan; Could Vote Tuesday

Illinois’ legislative leaders briefed other lawmakers Friday on details of a breakthrough agreement for solving the state’s $100 billion pension crisis, leaving them four days to study the plan before facing a vote that could be crucial for the state’s financial condition and their own re-election plans.

11/29/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Legislative Leaders Reach Deal On Pension Reform

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

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn: Veto Session Valuable To ‘Lay Foundation’ For Key Issues

Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s not discouraged that lawmakers came away from two days of their fall veto session without tackling any of the major issues on their agenda.

10/24/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel presents his annual budget address at City Hall on Oct. 23, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel’s 2014 Budget Speech Includes Warning About Pension Crisis

The mayor also warned aldermen the city his efforts to avoid raising property taxes has been put in jeopardy by the continuing pension crisis in Illinois.

10/23/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Ill. Supreme Court To Hear Appeal On Lawmaker Pay Dispute

Gov. Pat Quinn’s appeal of a ruling that his veto of lawmakers’ pay was unconstitutional will be heard by the Illinois Supreme Court.

10/17/2013

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

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Judge: Quinn Has To Pay Lawmakers

A Cook County judge has ruled that Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to halt lawmaker pay over the pension crisis is unconstitutional and has ordered Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to pay them immediately.

09/26/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Lawmakers Take Quinn To Court Over Pay Freeze

It’s an old saying: A day’s pay for a day’s work.

09/18/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Hearing Today On Fight Over State Lawmakers’ Pay

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued after Gov. Pat Quinn used his veto power earlier this summer to cut money for legislators’ salaries from the state budget.

09/18/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn Pleased With ‘Positive’ Framework From Pension Committee

Gov. Pat Quinn appears happy about the progress state lawmakers have been making on pension reforms.

08/26/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmaker: Pension Reform Talks ‘Very Delicate,’ But Making Progress

A leading state lawmaker said a bipartisan pension reform committee has been making progress toward a deal, though not as quickly as they’d like.

WBBM Newsradio–08/20/2013

Illinois State Capitol

September Hearing Set On Dispute Over Lawmakers’ Salary

“This is going to be a landmark case,” said Gov. Pat Quinn, who used his veto power last month to block lawmakers’ salaries over their failure to reach an agreement on pension reform.

08/06/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn presents his annual budget address to the Illinois General Assembly on March 6, 2013, in Springfield. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Dares Lawmakers To Override Veto Denying Their Pay

The Governor said there was no reason for lawmakers to go to court to reverse him. They could do it themselves.

07/31/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) and state Rep. Anthony DeLuca (right) shake hands at an event where Quinn signed legislation for a South Suburban Airport. (Credit: CBS)

Salary Dispute Prompts Tense Moment For Quinn, Lawmaker At Bill Signing

One of the state lawmakers whose paychecks are being withheld by Gov. Pat Quinn over the state’s pension stalemate appeared to be about to upstage the governor at a bill signing yesterday.

07/26/2013

Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley criticizes Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for what he calls a lack of leadership on reforming the state's pension systems. Daley has formally entered the race for governor against Quinn, and Madigan also is a potential candidate. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Daley: Quinn Should Hold Marathon Talks On Pension

Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley is calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to bring the state’s legislative leaders together for around-the-clock talks to resolve the state’s $97 billion pension shortfall.

07/22/2013

City Hall

Civic Federation: City’s Credit Rating Hit ‘Extraordinary’

The head of a budget watchdog group said a major of the Chicago’s credit rating on Thursday was no surprise, but is very troubling for residents.

07/19/2013

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