Pension reform accomplished: Now the work begins

VICTORY FOR A DAY No denying that Tuesday's pension reform vote in Springfield was historic. It's a start, but not the solution, for addressing the state's financial dysfunction. Here's a look at the road ahead.

ROLL CALL How did your senator and representative vote on pension reform? Find out here.

NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT Usually it takes a politician getting sent to prison or another credit rating downgrade to get Illinois government into the national spotlight. Not today. Here's what the national media had to say about Tuesday's pension vote.

LONG, STRANGE TRIP Tuesday's vote found labor-friendly Democrats urging Republicans to vote for a bill unions hated. It was especially tricky for Republicans running for governor. Here's how it unfolded.

QUINN WINS Pat Quinn didn't exactly do a touchdown dance and spike the ball after Tuesday's vote, but he was pretty pleased. This certainly will come in handy on the campaign trail. Here are video excerpts from his post-vote press conference.

PENSION FIX In cartoonist Scott Stantis' world, Tuesday was a bad day to be a dog named AFSCME in Springfield. 

SWEEPING, HISTORIC AND MORE Today's Land of Lincoln lowdown gives you all the highlights from news and views statewide on the pension reform plan. Who loved it? Who hated it? What next? It's all here. 

TOP 5 We've got a handy round-up of all the pension reform analysis and commentary for you right here:
5. While the union promise a fight in the courts, Gov. Quinn says he will sign the pension bill right away. (Chicago Sun-Times)
4. Opinion: Illinois finally gets a pension reform deal done, but pension politics still go on. (Crain’s Chicago Business)
3. The exhale from the state’s political leaders over the passing of pension reform might be short-lived. (Chicago Tribune)
2. Opinion: The votes in favor of pension reform were votes of courage. (Chicago Tribune)
1. Opinion: The fight to fix the state’s financial problems is still far from over. (Chicago Sun-Times

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Jim December 05, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Right. The same idiots who got us into this mess are now going to get us out. Good luck with that!
E-Towner December 05, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Thank you Mike Madigan. As the current Speaker of the House, and a member of the House for 40+ years, he has knowingly and willingly dug this huge hole for the State of Illinois. Now he and other Democratic Leaders want to be seen as saviors! I just wish Illinois Voters/Taxpayers would wake up and realize what Mike Madigan has done to this state, and how he's used his power to enrich himself.
McCloud December 05, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Unions feed Quinn, Madigan, Cullerton and the band of crooks before them. IL voters get what they deserve.


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