NO MORE EXCUSES There's plenty
for everyone to hate in the pension bill expected to get a vote tomorrow in
Springfield. Sorry, ideological purists. That's why it needs to pass. We explain.
THE BILL A draft version of the
pension reform bill is out. We've got it here with a
little guidance to the legalese.
PENSIONS AND QUINN Pat Quinn really,
really, really needs this bill to pass, and not just for election purposes. Rich Miller of Capitol Fax explains.
UNIONS HIT THE ROAD The biggest public
employee unions are fanning out across the state to tell lawmakers to vote
against the bill tomorrow. David Ormsby of The Illinois Observer gives the road trip itinerary
AROUND THE HORN The Chicago Tribune,
Bill Brady and Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin offer their takes on Tuesday's
big vote. Marin notes this is the first big test for new House GOP Leader Jim
Durkin. Tension is mounting. More here.
TOP 5 The pension bill dominates the news across Illinois today :
- 5. Illinois union leaders
bashed the proposed pension deal as more details emerged. (Reuters)
4. GOP gubernatorial candidates are split on whether the proposed pension deal should be approved. (Chicago Tribune)
3. Unions are targeting Senate Democrats in their campaign to keep the proposed pension deal from passing. (Associated Press)
2. Opinion: State leaders are saying “trust us,” but citizens still want to see the proposed pension deal before it’s voted on. (Chicago Tribune)
1. Opinion: The proposed pension deal would be just the start of trying to fix Illinois’ financial mess. (Chicago Tribune)