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Judge says 2014 Chicago pension overhaul unconstitutional

Friday a Cook County judge threw out a 2014 law aimed at reducing multibillion-dollar shortfalls in two Chicago pension funds, a decision city officials have said could leave the retirement accounts insolvent in a little more than a decade or lead to massive tax increases. 428 more words

Current Events

Report: More Illinois State Workers Making Over $100,000

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A published report has found that more than 10 percent of Illinois government employees made more than $100,000 in 2013 up 1,600 from a year earlier. 157 more words

News

Illinois union leaders bash pension plan as details emerge

On Friday, Illinois union leaders criticized the details of a controversial deal to reform the state’s woefully under-funded public pensions, as legislative leaders revealed more specifics of the deal they reached on Wednesday. 628 more words

In The News

AFSCME Members Say "Yes" To New State Contract

State employees who are members of AFSCME have voted overwhelmingly to accept the terms of a new state contract.  The union announced the results last evening. 215 more words

Statehouse

State Agrees To Halt Transfers From Prisons Set To Close

CHICAGO (CBS) — The state’s largest public employee union has won a short-term victory, with the state agreeing to temporarily stop moving inmates from prisons scheduled to close. 231 more words

News

Legal Ping Pong With AFSCME Pay Raises

An arbitrator says he’s not weighing in on whether Illinois had enough money to pay state workers’ pay hikes.  Which means the legal ping-pong between the state’s largest public employees union and Governor Pat Quinn’s administration continues. 224 more words

AFSCME Contract Extended After Failure To Reach Agreement

Illinois’ largest public-employee union and Governor Pat Quinn’s administration have been unable to agree to a new contract for the union’s 40-thousand state workers.  But they were able to agree to temporarily extend the current contract, while talks continue.  173 more words