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Local watchdog goes after Quinn, Madigan over improper spending allegations

CHICAGO – Chicago Watchdog organization Project Six is on the trail of what it believes is corruption involving Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Chicago Alderman Marty Quinn.

Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel hosting seminars on mass toxic tort litigation

CHICAGO – The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) will present a pair of programs focusing on mass toxic tort litigation March 9-10 in Chicago – one for counsel with limited toxic tort litigation experience and one for more experienced counsel practicing in this area.

2016 corruption watch: Chicago, East St. Louis take top corruption spots

This year was full of corruption and mismanagement from public officials, but four instances in particular stand out.

Politics, case law complicate efforts to reform workers’ compensation law

While Illinois business leaders and legal advocates continue to call for changes in their workers’ compensation system, they also admit that a few obstacles stand in the way of significant reform.

Illinois day care regulations burden working mothers, fail to make children safe

Illinois’ overly restrictive rules governing day care facilities drive up costs and make high-quality child care unaffordable for many families, while doing nothing to enhance child safety.

Granite City denied summary judgment in pedestrian’s injury suit; Settlement follows

One month after Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge denied the city of Granite City’s second motion for summary judgment in a pedestrian’s personal injury case, the parties announced settlement.

Policy Analyst:Tax hike without pension reform is an assault on taxpayers

An Illinois public policy analyst believes a tax hike in Belleville to pay for increases in fire and police pensions is unfair to taxpayers.

Illinois lawmaker: Municipal bankruptcy may not be magic bullet but it's another 'tool in toolbox' for pension crisis

CHICAGO - In Illinois, increasing pension obligations are consuming more of its taxpayers’ dollars, pushing cities and towns to cut core services and raise property taxes just to keep up with the payments, policy experts say.

11 things you need to know about Chicago teacher pensions

Pension holidays, steep increases in teachers' salaries, and lopsided ratios of teacher contributions to pension payouts have caused the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund’s unfunded liabilities to shoot up to $9 billion in 2015.

Rauner: CPS takeover plan lives; He predicts non-Chicago Dems will join in support

SPRINGFIELD — When the time comes, suburban and downstate Democrats will join him in his effort to have the state take control of Chicago’s debt-strapped school system, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday.

ISEIF administers utility-funded grant program to educate consumers about smart grid technology

The Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) announced last week names of organizations that will be receiving approximately $5 million in grants to promote smart grid technology across the state.

St. Clair County judges hire election law specialist to defend nomination objections; Kasper has represented Obama, Clinton and Emanuel

A Chicago election law attorney who has represented President Obama and former President Clinton in election litigation will be helping three St. Clair County judges whose nomination papers face challenge at the Illinois State Board of Elections.

How to heal Illinois' economy: Reform permission, friction and preparation policies

Illinois can implement several reforms now to remove obstacles to starting businesses, reduce the cost and aggravation of doing business, and more effectively educate the next generation of workers.

Fitch cuts Illinois credit rating, cites budget gridlock, massive debt and sluggish growth

Illinois’ general-obligation bonds are rated just three notches above junk status, thanks to a credit-rating downgrade on Oct. 19 from Fitch Ratings.

Rauner: Time to sell Thompson Center; Architect, former governor less than thrilled

SPRINGFIELD — Need a full city block in Chicago’s Loop? Gov. Bruce Rauner may have a deal for you. Rauner, R-Winnetka, on Tuesday announced his plan to sell the James R.

Illinois Supreme Court spokesperson Tybor dies at 68

"My colleagues and I are deeply saddened by Joe’s passing," said Chief Justice Rita B. Garman. "He was truly dedicated to his role as the voice of the Illinois Supreme Court, and we watched in awe as he continued to carry out his duties even as he fought his illness."

House hears first details of Emanuel plan; Chicago mayor’s tax proposal does have some foes

SPRINGFIELD — Thursday marked another day of activity but little visible movement in the state Capitol. The House Revenue and Finance committee began hearing testimony on a call from the city of Chicago for an increase in the general homestead property tax exemption, or amount the state subtracts from homeowner’s assessed valuation as a form of tax break.

Illinois pays millions in pension benefits to the dead

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in May that pension benefits flowing to government retirees can never be “diminished or impaired.” A new investigation into state and local pension records reveals this ironclad protection can extend beyond the grave. From 2010 to 2014, 11 of Illinois’ 15 largest pension funds paid out $2.2 million in pension benefits to more than 1,000 dead people.

CUB critics say the utility rate watchdog is more focused on politics than advocating for consumers

CHICAGO - While the Illinois Citizens Utility Board caught some development and policy experts off guard with its support of the potentially pricey Clean Jobs Bill earlier this year, Dan Proft of the Illinois Opportunity Project contends that he wasn’t surprised. “Sometimes they’ll tilt at windmills, figuratively and literally, if it means sticking it to ComEd,” he said.

Cigarette smuggling is red hot in Illinois, and taxes are to blame

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