Illinois Education Association en Quinn Gets Teacher Union Nod <p></p><p>Unions were upset with Governor Pat Quinn for his role in Illinois' pension overhaul.&nbsp; But that didn't stop the state's largest teachers' union from endorsing him. &nbsp;</p><p>The Illinois Education Association hasn't even had a year to get over the legislative equivalent of a knife-in-the-back.</p><p>Though the IEA endorsed Quinn in the 2010 governor's race, he both advocated for, and signed, the law that reduces public school teachers' pensions.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:01:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 28519 at Quinn Gets Teacher Union Nod Quinn, Rauner At IEA Conference - Full Audio <p>Republican Bruce Rauner and Democratic Governor Pat Quinn made their first joint appearance of the campaign when they took the stage Friday at an Illinois Education Association meeting in Chicago. More than 1,000 people were in attendance.&nbsp;</p><p>The two answered questions and also took political jabs at one another.&nbsp;IEA President Cinda Klickna moderated the question and answer session.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:08:41 +0000 Sean Crawford 23044 at Quinn, Rauner At IEA Conference - Full Audio Candidates Disagree On Government Unions <p>Illinois' primary election is less than two weeks away. The four men seeking the Republican nomination for governor agree on a lot of topics. But there is an issue in which one of the candidates has distinguished himself: government-employee unions. Brian Mackey takes us inside the debate over whether government workers ought to be able to negotiate over their jobs.</p><p>You don’t have to spend a lot of time listening to investor Bruce Rauner to know where he stands on public-sector unions. The disdain drips from a three word phrase he uses again and again and again:</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:25:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 20195 at Candidates Disagree On Government Unions Civic Federation Calls For Taxing Retirement Income <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As more baby-boomers retire, Illinois is increasingly missing out on a revenue source. Of the 41 states with an income tax, Illinois is one of only three that exempt all pension income.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report from the Chicago-based Civic Federation says Illinois needs to take a longer-term approach to budgeting; one that is rooted less in politics, and more in reality. Most notably. the group recommends Illinois extend its current income tax rate for a year before gradually rolling it back.</span></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:54:11 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20115 at Civic Federation Calls For Taxing Retirement Income Dillard Gets IEA Endorsement <p>An influential teachers union has endorsed state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the Republican primary for Illinois governor.</p><p>The Illinois Education Association announced its endorsement Friday in Chicago.</p><p>Cinda Klickna is IEA's president. She says Dillard believes in public schools and says teachers and support staff “believe in Kirk Dillard.''</p><p>He faces state Sen. Bill Brady, businessman Bruce Rauner and Treasurer Dan Rutherford in the March primary.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:43:21 +0000 Associated Press 19005 at Dillard Gets IEA Endorsement Preparing To Implement Pension Overhaul — And Not To <p>Illinois’ biggest and most indebted pension system is beginning to implement changes tied to the pension overhaul passed this month. But officials are also making plans in case the new law is struck down.</p><p>The Teachers Retirement System is by far the biggest of Illinois’ five pension systems, with well over 360,000 members. TRS is also the biggest factor in the pension funding problem, accounting for more than half of the combined $100 billion shortfall.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 15161 at Preparing To Implement Pension Overhaul — And Not To