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We have your thoughts on Illinois' first attempts at pension reform in tonight's viewer feedback.
Quinn Signs Chicago Pension Law; Property Taxe Hike Off-table
After a long wait, the Governor today finally signed the bill into law that reforms two of the city's underfunded pension systems. The governor urged City Council to avoid using property tax hikes to fund the new law, and the mayor responded by taking property tax hikes off the table in the first year of the new law.
There are more court developments today in the on-going Illinois pension reform case. A Sangamon County judge stopped the reform overhaul by issuing a stay on the implementation of the law.
Last week, state lawmakers passed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to cut retirement benefits for some city workers. Even though the bill left out a controversial property tax hike provision, Gov. Pat Quinn has yet to sign the legislation. We discuss the effect Chicago’s reform could have statewide, and other topics, with our panel of Illinois lawmakers. Read an article.
The Illinois Senate passes Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pension reform bill. View our interactive graphic to see how Senate members voted.
How big a hit will homeowners and commercial property owners take if Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pension reform proposal goes through? Read an article and view a chart.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan filed an amendment to a bill in Springfield today that would enact Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new pension reduction plan. The proposal includes a hefty property tax increase over the next five years while also shrinking pension benefits. Who wins and who loses in this scenario? Carol Marin tracks legislative action in the state capital with Chicago Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney, then discusses the plan with our pension panel. Read the amendment, the pension plan, and an article.
Chicago aldermen react to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed pension plan as they will have to take the tough vote to raise property taxes. Paris Schutz has the details. Read an article.
Borinqueneers, Star Trek, Pensions & Frankie Knuckles
We share what you had to say about the mayor's proposed pension plan, the passing of Chicago house DJ Frankie Knuckles, the technology behind Star Trek, and our story about Puerto Rican soldiers in tonight's viewer feedback.
Is Chicago pension reform primed for passage? And will unions try to scuttle it? Paris Schutz has the details from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's news conference where teachers union officials attempted to disrupt the presser to state their opposition to pension reform. Watch a web extra video and read the city's proposed solution to pension funds.