retirement benefits

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is pushing to restructure the retirement benefits of county employees.  But she needs Springfield’s help to do it, and that’s proving to be a challenge.

The Illinois Supreme Court has struck down legislation that tried to cut retirement benefits for thousands of state workers. 

Oral arguments have begun before the Illinois Supreme Court on whether a massive state-employee pension bailout invalidated last fall by a lower court will be revived.

The fate of Illinois' pension law will stay on the fast track. Illinois' Supreme Court justices Thursday denied a request for a delay. It can take a long time for a case to wind its way through the courts.

Illinois' pension law failed its first test today. However, that's not the end to questions about its constitutionality.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed a bill that reduces the retirement benefits of some City of Chicago employees. But the governor’s signature comes with some advice for Chicago’s mayor. IPR's  Tony Arnold explains.

Quinn signed the controversial pension bill in private.  But he released a statement saying he was quote - “dismayed by the ill-advised attempt” to have lawmakers impose a tax increase on Chicago residents.

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, and could lead to higher property taxes.

Attorneys for Illinois officials defend pension law

May 16, 2014

Attorneys for Illinois officials are defending controversial legislation cutting the retirement benefits of state employees. Unions representing those workers sued. They’re saying the pension changes are unconstitutional.