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Gov. Pat Quinn says he's confident the state supreme court will uphold the pension reform law. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Illinois pension reform law is unconstitutional, judge rules

 
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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaks at the AFL-CIO and American Federation of Teachers summit on Nov. 13 in Washington, D.C. | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

If Labor stayed home, then members reaped what they sowed

The head of a prominent labor union last week calculated that a good percentage of the pro-labor vote stayed home Nov. 4. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, blamed the candidates, saying Democrats failed to go beyond broad messages like raising the minimum wage.

Why is drunk driver who killed my sister driving again?

A repeat drunk driver killed my stepsister in 2003. Last Saturday, he was arrested for impaired driving for the fourth time. How does a repeat offender get the chance to drive again? How does a judicial system allow a man who has killed to have a second, third and even fourth chance?

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Rauner wants Quinn to freeze hiring

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner, who has asked lawmakers not to move major legislation until after he takes office, is holding a news conference at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield.

State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D­-Maywood, shown at a school event with Gov. Pat Quinn, supports increasing the Illinois minimum wage. | File Photo

Despite Rauner's plea, some lawmakers seek minimum wage hike now

Illinois voters agreed overwhelmingly this month that lawmakers should raise the state's minimum wage by Jan. 1. And Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D­-Maywood, said Wednesday she'd "like to fulfill the terms of the ballot question." But Illinois' minimum wage wouldn't rise to $10 an hour for adult employees until July 1 if an amendment Lightford is pushing this week becomes law.

GOP hopes dashed in tight race, Madigan retains supermajority

After watching one Illinois House race where their candidate led by just a dozen votes on election night, Democrats appear to have retained their veto-proof majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. State Rep. Kate Cloonen, D-Kankakee, widened her lead from 12 votes to 114 votes over Republican Glenn Nixon in the 79th House District on Tuesday after Kankakee County officials finished counting provisional and late-absentee ballots.

Pushes for Uber veto override vote begins in Chicago

Proponents of legislation that places stricter regulations on ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft made their case on Tuesday to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of the measure when lawmakers convene in Springfield.

Glenn Poshard | AP file photo

Rauner adviser Glenn Poshard's pension bonanza

THE WATCHDOGS: One of the big problems Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will face is what to do about the state’s public pension crisis. He doesn’t need to go any farther than a member of his own transition team, Glenn Poshard, to get a close-up look at factors fueling the crisis.

 
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