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March 20, 2013 By: Dave McKinney & Zach Buchheit SPRINGFIELD — A scaled-back plan by Senate President John Cullerton to make suburban and Downstate teachers choose between keeping a compounding, 3 percent annual pension boost or state-subsidized health insurance as …

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By: Mike Riopell SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate Wednesday approved a plan to cut working teachers’ pensions while rejecting a more sweeping plan, sending mixed messages about where the debate over one of the state’s biggest financial problems will go …

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February 28, 2013 By: Mike Riopell and Doug T. Graham SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Republicans today refused to participate in test votes on severe public pension cuts and Democrats rejected the proposals harshly. Two proposals to slash retired teachers’ and …

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February 27, 2013 By: Mike Riopell SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross, Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz and a handful of other suburban lawmakers pitched a new plan Wednesday to cut the state’s pension costs, hoping a bipartisan presentation …

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By: Ray Long January 7, 2013  SPRINGFIELD - Despite union protests, an overhaul of government worker pensions won approval from a House committee today as a potential showdown vote looms with the clock ticking down on the legislature’s lame-duck session. Workers …

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