Gov. Pat Quinn's administration on July 1 will start paying the wage rate that was promised to thousands of unionized government workers in 2011 and 2012, although Illinois lawmakers didn't approve extra funding for back wages owed.
Politicians routinely use strong language when they talk about the pension crisis. Are there any adjectives left to describe how bad this situation is that we aren’t already desensitized to? Any fear-inspiring idioms or cliches left out? That’s where you come in.
Democratic leaders in the Illinois Legislature said Friday that they would try again to pass a pension-reform plan backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, rejecting a request from Gov. Pat Quinn to form a bipartisan conference committee to solve the state's worst-in-the-nation $97 billion crisis.