pensions http://peoriapublicradio.org en Union spokesman: "no room to continue discussions" on pensions http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/union-spokesman-no-room-continue-discussions-pensions <div>Illinois' public employee unions are hinting that legislators passed up their chance to negotiate on pensions. IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What to do about Illinois' soaring pension debt remains a concern, even though legislators passed a law overhauling the state's retirement systems. Its constitutionality is in question. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:11:30 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 27122 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Union spokesman: "no room to continue discussions" on pensions Budget, pensions straining Illinois finances http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/budget-pensions-straining-illinois-finances <div>Wall Street's view of Illinois' financial health has taken a hit, thanks largely to the state budget that took effect at the start of this month. &nbsp;As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports, pensions also continue to be a drag.</div><p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Illinois Democrats passed the state's latest budget, many seemed to hold their nose.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Credit ratings agencies are more direct. Standard &amp; Poor’s has revised Illinois' credit outlook to "negative."</span></p></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:18:31 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 26930 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Budget, pensions straining Illinois finances Decision on new Illinois pension law on hold http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/decision-new-illinois-pension-law-hold <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It could be December before a judge decides on the legality of Illinois' pension overhaul law for at least another five months.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 03:10:55 +0000 Hannah Meisel 25567 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Decision on new Illinois pension law on hold Gov. to act on legislation cutting retirement benefits for Chicago employees http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-act-legislation-cutting-retirement-benefits-chicago-employees <div>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to take action Monday on a bill that cuts the retirement benefits of thousands of City of Chicago employees, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nd could lead to higher property taxes.</span></div><div> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:01:56 +0000 Tony Arnold 24581 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. to act on legislation cutting retirement benefits for Chicago employees Outside The Horseshoe - May 13, 2014 http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/outside-horseshoe-may-13-2014 <p>Mayors from across the state are warning lawmakers about rising pension costs that they say will pack a serious financial punch if left unaddressed. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:15:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23262 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Outside The Horseshoe - May 13, 2014 IL lawmakers start to tackle new state budget http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-lawmakers-start-tackle-new-state-budget <div>Illinois lawmakers appear poised to begin voting on a new state budget Wednesday. They're going with a plan that would require an extension of the income tax increase.</div><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:49:16 +0000 Brian Mackey 23258 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL lawmakers start to tackle new state budget Chicago labor groups, IL Republicans on same side over pension issue http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/chicago-labor-groups-il-republicans-same-side-over-pension-issue <div>Some labor unions are finding themselves on the same side as Illinois Republicans in fighting changes to Chicago employees’ retirement benefits. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:34:00 +0000 Tony Arnold 21212 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Chicago labor groups, IL Republicans on same side over pension issue State pension overhaul moving forward http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-pension-overhaul-moving-forward <p></p><div>Illinois' largest state government retirement system is moving ahead with implementation of the pension overhaul. &nbsp; That comes even as unions are preparing a lawsuit.</div><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:30:59 +0000 Brian Mackey 16412 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State pension overhaul moving forward Union members rally in Peoria to oppose state pension plan http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/union-members-rally-peoria-oppose-state-pension-plan <p></p><div>Members of the Illinois Federation of Teachers were rallying in Peoria Monday against the latest state pension proposal. The state-wide union rallied outside the offices of Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth and state Senator Darin LaHood. Lisa Uphoff is with the Illinois Federation of Teachers. She says the current proposal changes the annual cost-of-living increase for retirees:</div><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 00:33:03 +0000 Alex Rusciano 15751 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Union members rally in Peoria to oppose state pension plan U of I president warns on pension deal http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/u-i-president-warns-pension-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The president of the University of Illinois has warned employees about the coming legislative session on pensions. Robert Easter says the deal could be "onerous for public employees."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:48:10 +0000 Brian Mackey 15512 at http://peoriapublicradio.org U of I president warns on pension deal