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Illinois Pension Reform

Top 25 Retired Illinois Politicians With The Biggest Pension Payouts

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.19.2017 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Taxpayers United of America, an organization that advocates for tax relief and "fighting government pensions," has released an updated list of lawmake...

Let's Not Forget About the Pension Crisis in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.05.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Over the past three months, the budget standoff has dominated the news cycle in Illinois, but it's important not to forget about the $105 billion unsolved problem that is the state's pension crisis.

The Top 8 People and Actions to Blame for Illinois' Pension Problems

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.07.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There are many, many people from both major parties at fault over many years for the Illinois pension debacle. Dave McKinney, former Chicago Sun-Time...

Maybe It's Time to Let John Cullerton Lead the Way on Pension Reform

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.05.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I'll admit it: Two years ago, I was an ardent supporter of Senate Bill 1, a sweeping pension reform proposal that would save the state more than $150 ...

10 Things You Should Know About Gov. Rauner's Pension Reform Proposal

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.10.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The plan, which Rauner announced Wednesday, contains significant pension reforms, but also contains other measures that Rauner has tried unsuccessfully to get through the legislature. A higher standard of proof for employee injury claims and bankruptcy eligibility for Illinois municipalities are among them.

In Pension Battle, Governor Faces Constitutional Fight

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2016 | Home

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, May 10 (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner faces a formidable challenge in his bid to reform public wo...

Why 401(k)s Shouldn't Replace Pensions

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 02.27.2015 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

It's not just basic finance, it's common sense: A large pool of money invested by professionals will yield far greater returns than small, separate accounts managed by individuals with no professional training in finance.

Illinois Pension Overhaul Ruled Unconstitutional

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2015 | Home

(Adds comment from Illinois Senate president) By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, Nov 21 (Reuters) - A judge ruled on Friday that a...

Illinoisans Have Been Trying to Reform the Pension System for Almost 100 Years

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.30.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The condition of Illinois' failing public pension systems has been topic No. 1 in state government for the last five years. Chief Legal Counsel to Ill...

An Illustrated History of Retirement and Pensions

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.23.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

What's happened over time is a lot fewer active workers are helping fund the retirements of a whole lot more retirees.

Chicago Pension-Cutting Plan Would Harm City Retirees, Neighborhoods

Henry Bayer | Posted 06.08.2014 | Chicago
Henry Bayer

roponents of the drastic Chicago pension cuts sought by the city have threatened a range of doomsday scenarios if their proposal is not enacted. Rather than the thoughtful, informed discussion this matter deserves, this is the equivalent of shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

GOP Congressional Candidate's Rant Ranked Among Top 'Flip Outs' Ever

Belleville News-Democrat | Mike Fitzgerald | Posted 03.25.2014 | Chicago

Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, the lone candidate in the GOP primary for the 12th U.S. House District seat, is embracing his May, 30, 2012, rant on the Ill...

Report: State's Budget Gap Will Grow Despite Pension Overhaul

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A reform package passed late last year will make improvements to Illinois' woefully underfunded public pension system, b...

2013 a Good Year for House Speaker Michael Madigan?

David Ormsby | Posted 03.02.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Some political observers think that the powerful Illinois House Speaker, Michael Madigan, (D-Chicago) seriously stumbled in 2013. But they would be wr...

Teachers Sue In Effort To Block State's Pension Reform Law

Reuters | Posted 02.27.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO, Dec 27 (Reuters) - A group of teachers and public school officials filed a class-action lawsuit on Friday in state court seeking to void Il...

Report: City's Pension Situation Both Positive And Negative

Reuters | Posted 02.13.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The passage last week of reforms to Illinois' public pension system could signal that the legislature may soon address C...

Illinois Pols Approve Pension Reform Bill

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2014 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The Illinois House and Senate approved a long-awaited measure on Tuesday to reform the nation's worst-funde...

Illinois Pols Reportedly Reach 'Comprehensive' Pension Deal

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Illinois legislative leaders on Wednesday reached a long-elusive deal to reform the state's woefully underfunded public ...

Detroit and the Tooth Fairy

Terry Savage | Posted 12.30.2013 | Home
Terry Savage

That's the one good thing you can say about what's going on in Detroit: It will hopefully motivate the politicians, employees and unions everywhere else to face reality and not believe the Tooth Fairy will somehow deposit the cash under their pillows.

Pension Ills Loom As Rahm Unveils New Budget Proposal

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

By David Greising and Karen Pierog CHICAGO, Oct 22 (Reuters) - When Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers Chicago's 2014 budget address on Wedne...

Rahm Defends $24 Million In CPS School Upgrades Amid Pension Crisis

Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago

Despite a staggering state and city deficit and ongoing pension crisis, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending his recently-revealed plan to spend $2...

Pension Reform Panel Zeros In On New Cost Saving Plan

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Cost of living increases for pension checks would be tied to inflation under a plan being considered by an Illinois legi...

State Pols Will Miss At Least One More Paycheck Amid Pension Inaction

Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago

Illinois lawmakers hoping for their paychecks to be restored immediately will need continue penny-pinching as a judge on Tuesday set oral arguments in...

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The pension crisis still has no solution, and as each day passes, the Illinois taxpayers are the ones who pay the piper -- literally. It's cost ‪‎taxpayers‬ $21 billion since 2000, and it's only getting worse.

Topinka: I'm Not Paying Any State Lawmakers Amid Pension Mess

Posted 07.25.2013 | Chicago

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Thursday said she has no choice but to double down on Gov. Pat Quinn's previous ultimatum that state lawmake...