In Illinois, the Chicago Teachers Union is expecting 500 teachers, students and residents to hold a press conference near City Hall and march to the State of Illinois building to deliver a wish list to the governor.
A teachers' union one-pager lists the day's purpose as "to begin to create a national echo chamber for our vision and narrative."
No understanding that "echo chamber" is a pejorative, and they're teaching our kids?
Many supporters didn't want to cross business groups which, At the 11th hour, sent a letter urging legislators to back the piecemeal fixes.
"While the legislation didn’t satisfy many of the business groups’ benchmarks for reform, our sources say that they were desperate to proclaim a victory to their members. We’re also told that Democratic legislative leaders promised businesses a gas-tax swap to fund infrastructure, which was a top priority for many of the groups."
Republican candidates for governor Kirk Dillard and Dan Rutherford, who both voted against the pension bill, met with Service Employers International Union asking for their endorsement as the vote approached.
The SEIU is one of the big public sector unions whose members were impacted by the bill. Historically, they've bankrolled Governor Quinn.
Exposure of union influence over many Illinois Republicans may turn out to be the most interesting side effect of the pension vote.
Dillard hauled in more union PAC money over the last ten years than even the unions' favorite Democrat, John Cullerton.
Illinois' Main Street Fairness Act, passed in 2011, required consumers to pay sales taxes on their online purchases through a mechanism on the state income tax returns. In response, Amazon closed down its Associates program in Illinois.
Because the Illinois Supreme Court has vacated that law in October, Amazon will be restarting its program.
Good summary of the topic in this story. The IL General Assembly would have to authorize Illinois cities and municipalities to file for bankruptcy. If an Illinois city or municipality then filed, it could avoid the constitutional ban on cutting pension benefits -- assuming a court here followed the Detroit precedent.
This story ran in Crain's under various headlines, one of which was "Give Madigan a Hug." A guy robs us for a generation, leaves us bleeding in a ditch, then throws us a bandage in the form of this bill and we're supposed to hug him? Save your hugs for the kids stuck with most of this monstrous liability.
"Chicago is actually on the verge of a very significant reform — passage of an ordinance creating the City Council Office of Financial Analysis, aka COFA."
"With COFA, Chicago will join San Diego, New York and Pittsburgh — and, of course, Congress and the Illinois General Assembly — in establishing an independent office to provide lawmakers with financial assessments of budgets and other big-dollar proposals."
"Jack Higgins, a politically connected developer with close ties to former Mayor Richard M. Daley, [had been chosen] to develop a $175 million project on the West Side. On Friday, Higgins abruptly walked away from the deal over questions about his personal finances...."