The epic struggle over retirement

The epic struggle over retirement | Al Jazeera America
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The same Wall Street traders who ignited the public pensions crisis now propose to fix the problem. What could go wrong?

Worker Advocates Fearful Of Rauner’s ‘Anti-Labor’ Agenda

Worker Advocates Fearful Of Rauner’s ‘Anti-Labor’ Agenda | Progress Illinois
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Critics of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s stance on labor issues say his proposed policies would spell bad news for Illinois workers, retirees and unions.

Warning: A message from Wisconsin AFSCME members to Illinois

Billionaire CEO Bruce Rauner wants to follow Wisconsin, where public-service workers lost their rights at work and thousands of dollars from their paychecks …

Bruce Rauner discusses unions during Brandt appearance – June 2013

He is running for election and here is what he thinks of your Union and your pension.

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Study: Pension cuts impair government quality

Study: Pension cuts impair government quality
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A Boston College study concludes that there’s a tie between the quality of a government agency’s public pension plan and the quality of employees it recruits and retains. Zealously cutting retirement benefits, researchers conclude, could chase off the best workers.

Group pushes for contingency talks in case pension reform thrown out

Group pushes for contingency talks in case pension reform thrown out
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Ty Fahner hopes the Illinois Supreme Court eventually upholds the pension-reform law the Legislature passed 10 months ago. But the former Illinois attorney general…

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Cuts Schools, Pensions While Preserving Fund For Corporate Subsidies

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Cuts Schools, Pensions While Preserving Fund For Corporate Subsidies
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As the Chicago mayor slashes public services and hides details of subsidies, a new report reveals new details about the special account.

Eric Madiar: With Illinois’ pension systems, what’s past is prologue

Eric Madiar: With Illinois’ pension systems, what’s past is prologue
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Anyone following the pension-reform debate knows Illinois has long diverted the money needed to properly fund its pension systems to avoid tax increases,

Chicago’s pension crisis was created decades ago

Chicago’s pension crisis was created decades ago
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After Jane Byrne was elected mayor, she met with Chicago Police and Fire Department organizations. There was concern that the pension funds would be in crisis starting in 1985. They also warned of another crisis in the mid 1990′s if funding changes were not made. The pensions had been severely…

Emanuel puts off tough stuff in 2015 pre-election budget

Emanuel puts off tough stuff in 2015 pre-election budget
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Taxes on parking, car leasing and cable television will be going up, under a 2015 budget unveiled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday that punts a painful solution to Chicago’s $20 billion pension crisis until after the election.