Quid pro Quo on Pension Deal for Personal PAC Contributions to Quinn?

That’s pretty much the question being asked by International Business Newspaper reporter Matthew Cunningham-Cook today. Here’s a paragraph and a half that hints at the questionable deal: The decision to retain Grosvenor and transfer more state [Teachers’ Retirement System] pension … Continue reading

McSweeney Reaffirms Opposition to Shifting Teacher Pension Burden to Property Tax

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: McSweeney Says Supreme Court Pension Decision Means Opposition to Cost Shift Needed More Than Ever‎ Cary, IL… In response to the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the state’s pension reform … Continue reading

The Teachers’ Union Role in the Pension Shortfall

You will perhaps remember my writing that when a Governor presents his education budget it comes in three parts: higher education k-12 pensions In the 1990’s (at least) the IFT (Illinois Federation  of Teachers) and IEA (Illinois Education Association) lobbyists … Continue reading

Rauner on IL Supreme Court Pension Decision that Pension Reform Bill Unconstitutional

A press release from Govenror Bruce Rauner: Statement on Supreme Court Decision CHICAGO – Governor’s spokesman Lance Trover issued the following statement: “The Supreme Court’s decision confirms that benefits earned cannot be reduced. “That’s fair and right, and why the … Continue reading