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Unions Vow to Challenge New Illinois Pension Law
Friday, December 06, 2013 1:32 AM
A coalition of unions opposed to Illinois' newly-signed pension overhaul has directed attorneys to prepare a court challenge. The We Are One Illinois coalition said in a statement that attorneys were directed Thursday to prepare a lawsuit challenging the new law's constitutionality. The statement came the same day that Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law at a private event in ...
State Police Pass Along Winter Driving Tips
Thursday, December 05, 2013 7:19 PM
During winter weather, Illinois State Police are urging motorists to take the necessary safety precautions before getting behind the wheel, since vehicle safety is equally as important as driving safely. Extreme weather can have a devastating impact on driving conditions, especially when ice and snow are involved. Freezing rain, icy roads and white-out snow conditions can result in road ...
Fitch Says Illinois Pension Action 'Positive'
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 7:56 AM
A major credit-ratings agency says it sees Illinois lawmakers' passage of pension legislation as a "positive" development. Fitch Ratings issued a statement Wednesday, saying it will analyze the pension measure that the General Assembly passed on Tuesday. The ratings agency says that's necessary to see if it enhances pension system funding and controls pension payments' effect on the state ...
IL Pension Overhaul Passes, Quinn Will Sign It
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 4:11 PM
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign a newly-approved pension overhaul into law "promptly.'' The House and Senate approved a plan Tuesday that's estimated to save roughly $160 billion over thirty years. Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, told reporters that the bill will help the state and its people. He calls it "landmark legislation.'' Quinn has made pension ...
IL Lawmakers Don't Take Up Horse Racing Bill
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 1:19 PM
State lawmakers have adjourned without approving legislation supporters say would give the horse racing industry a needed boost. Arlington International Racecourse officials said in a Tuesday statement that they're disappointed. Legislation allowing online betting on horse racing expires at January's end. Race dates would be severely cut if legislators don't renew the ...
Office Related to Illinois Governor Evacuated
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 12:30 PM
Springfield fire officials are investigating a suspicious letter sent to Gov. Pat Quinn's constituent services office. About a half dozen people were evacuated Tuesday from the office's mail room. The office is across the street from the state Capitol where lawmakers were gathering to take vote on pensions. Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin says a white powder came out of the envelope when ...
Senate Supporters Of Pension Plan Say Time Is Now
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 8:53 AM
A Republican state senator in favor of a major pension overhaul says the bill would help put Illinois on the right path toward fiscal solvency. The Illinois Senate and House debated a measure Tuesday that would save the state about $160 billion over three decades. The reforms include raising the retirement age and cutting back the employee contribution. Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine says a ...
Pension Plan Goes To Illinois House, Senate
Monday, December 02, 2013 10:28 PM
A bipartisan committee of lawmakers has approved a plan to deal with Illinois' $100 billion pension problem. The measure now heads to the House and Senate for consideration. The Associated Press confirmed a vast majority of the 10-member panel that had signed the measure Monday after arriving in Springfield for a special session. They include Sen. Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat and chair ...
129 Beat IL Primary Signup Deadline
Monday, December 02, 2013 12:01 PM
More than 500 candidates have entered the 2014 ballot for Illinois' primary election. Nearly 130 candidates held out until Monday, the last day to submit petitions. The bulk of those seeking office filed papers on the first day, which was Nov. 25. The Illinois State Board of Elections website says 380 filed that day. Monday was the last day to submit petitions. That's ...
Gubernatorial Candidates Differ on Pension Plan
Sunday, December 01, 2013 1:30 PM
Candidates running for Illinois governor in 2014 have started shaping up their positions on a new pension proposal that lawmakers are expected to consider this week. Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner said in a Sunday email to supporters that it's the wrong deal for Illinois. He says the savings are insufficient and he doesn't agree with how lawmakers reached the agreement. Meanwhile ...
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