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  • Nov 26- Illinois, which is struggling to bolster a shaky public pension system weighed down by a $104.6 billion shortfall, has asked the state's highest court to reverse a lower court ruling that declared a planned overhaul unconstitutional. The expedited appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, which was expected, seeks to overturn a Nov. 21 ruling by Judge John...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 6- Illinois' Republican governor-elect bulked up his transition team on Thursday, but skirted questions on how he plans to deal with a $1.8 billion hole in the budget he will inherit in January. Fitch Ratings on Thursday warned that Illinois needs to address the mismatch between spending and revenue, saying in a report that "inaction would be a return...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- Tax-cutting measures in a handful of states looked to gain traction following Tuesday's elections, potentially weakening fiscal positions if revenues fail to keep pace with spending. "As far as states go there was a clear message that people would rather have lower taxes," said Craig Brandon, Co-Director of Municipal Investments at Eaton Vance in...

  • A handful of the Nov. 4 races such as the dead heat in Illinois, possibly the most fiscally dysfunctional state, shape up as de facto referendums on reform and their results could make municipal bond investors alter their bets. "People are not so much voting for governor in some of these states but how they want the pensions addressed," said Craig Brandon, Co-Director...

  • Illinois governor signs bill for $1.1 billion of bonds Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 3:14 PM ET

    CHICAGO, July 22- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed legislation to fund state-wide transportation projects with $1.1 billion of bonds. However, according to Abdon Pallasch, the state's assistant budget director, no bond sales are currently planned for the rest of 2014..

  • CHICAGO, July 11- The Illinois Supreme Court's ruling extending constitutional protection to public sector retiree health care is a negative credit factor for Illinois, Chicago and local governments seeking to alter pension benefits, Moody's Investors Service said on Friday. Illinois already has the lowest credit rating among states, with Moody's at A3.

  • WASHINGTON- The U.S. Supreme Court dealt unions a setback Monday by ruling that state-paid, in-home care workers in Illinois cannot be compelled to pay union dues, but stopped short of blocking organized labor from collecting such fees from other public employees.

  • WASHINGTON- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that in-home care workers in Illinois who are paid by the state are not similar enough to government employees to be compelled to pay union dues.

  • Report to present magnitude of Ill. fiscal woes Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 4:22 PM ET

    University of Illinois economist Richard Dye says solutions to problems like the state's backlog of bills and the Medicaid squeeze will be mentioned but not recommended. Illinois was among six states examined. Pat Quinn spokesman Abdon Pallasch says the July report highlighted problems the Illinois governor has fixed or proposed solutions for.

  • Illinois Amtrak train hits 111 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:44 PM ET

    JOLIET, Ill.-- For the first time on a key Midwestern route between Chicago and St. Louis, an Amtrak passenger train topped 110 mph Friday, ripping through fog-shrouded farm fields and blowing past cars on a parallel highway. Illinois and the country was a wasteland when it came to high speed rail, "said U.S.

  • Illinois Amtrak train hits 110 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:08 PM ET

    JOLIET, Ill.-- An Amtrak passenger train has reached a speed of 110 mph for the first time in Illinois. The five-car, two-locomotive train zipped through the central Illinois countryside, hitting its high speed between the towns of Dwight and Pontiac.

  • Ill. Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph Friday. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Illinois Gov.

  • Partnerships to help control Ill. Medicaid costs Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 8:42 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- A for-profit nursing home company owned by a politically connected Chicago businessman is a partner in a project Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that aims to control health spending for high-cost Medicaid recipients.

  • Video gambling goes live at 65 Ill. bars, eateries Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:38 PM ET

    "The IGB's staff has done a tremendous job to... bring this new industry to Illinois," board Chairman Aaron Jaffe said in a written statement. Jeff Glover, manager of Chino's Pizzeria in the Chicago suburb of Justice, said he'd just finished mopping when he saw the restaurant's three terminals activated around 11:30 a.m..