Big Pensions Just Tiny Part Of Big Pension Mess

May 24, 2017
BGA analysis of new data underscores how chronically bad government policy, not fat pensions, lie at the heart of soaring pension debt now hobbling the state’s and Chicago’s efforts to pay for schools and other critical services.

Chicago Fire Department Discrimination Payouts Approach $92 Million Since 2008

February 2, 2017
The fire department, dogged for decades by race and sex discrimination allegations, has cost the city a hefty price -- and allegations continue.  

Six-Figure Salaries Flow Through Chicago-Area Water District

October 17, 2016
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District boasts one of the highest-paid workforces among local government agencies, but the salary increase comes as the tax burden falls.

Pension Terminations Related To Felony Convictions Rare

October 10, 2016
Narrow criteria required to terminate public pensions have led to just eight such forfeitures for corrupt former city workers since 2006 at the city’s largest pension fund for municipal workers.

Board Moves To Yank Pension Of Convicted Ex-City Official In Redflex Scandal

September 1, 2016
John Bills Jr. was sentenced to 10 years in prison in August for taking bribes in traffic camera scheme.

Uptick Seen In City of Chicago Pensioners Drawing Big Payouts

August 31, 2016
The number of people collecting six-figure municipal pensions is increasing, adding strain to the city’s largest retirement fund.

Chicago Payroll Packed With Six-Figure Salaries

August 4, 2016
Adding to the city’s financial burdens, the number of high-paid workers ballooned by 92 percent since 2013. 

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