school pensions en The battle over the bill for teacher's pensions <p></p><div>Republicans are fighting the idea that Downstate and suburban schools are the only ones getting a "free lunch" from Illinois state government. House Speaker Michael Madigan has has used the phrase in describing how local school districts should have to pay the employer's share of pension costs for teachers. That expense is currently covered by the state for all school districts, except Chicago.</div><div> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:44:47 +0000 2434 at