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Illinois Supreme Court kills 2013 pension reform

Kevin Mathew, Copy Chief

May 10, 2015

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Politics, State

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Friday that pension reductions passed in 2013 were unconstitutional. The decision struck down the most recent attempt to address a $111 billion pension shortfall and spells trouble...

Evanston taxes hold steady despite high pension bills

Kevin Mathew, Copy Chief

April 29, 2015

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local

Evanston’s tax rate, with a few exceptions, has stayed relatively stable over the past decade even as Illinois sits with the highest overall tax rate throughout the nation in 2015. Illinois residents also pay the second highest property tax rate in the United States, but Evanston...

Local governments eye pension consolidation, regulations

Kevin Mathew, Copy Chief

April 14, 2015

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

The Illinois pension system was ranked last in the country in September by credit-rating agency Moody’s, and now the north suburbs are considering a plan to consolidate local pensions into a larger pool with better revenue. Meanwhile,...

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office sued for not complying with FOIA request

Tori Latham, City Editor

April 9, 2015

Filed under City, Local

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is being sued by a Chicago activist who claims it refused to comply with his request for documents under the Freedom of Information Act.   The lawsuit was filed Thursday against...

Former Evanston attorney reappointed to Circuit Court of Cook County

Stephanie Kelly, City Editor

December 19, 2014

Filed under City, Latest Stories, Local, Politics

Judge Jerry Esrig has been reappointed to fill a vacancy on the Circuit Court of Cook County after failing to win the election for a seat last March, the former Evanston attorney wrote in an email to supporters Friday. The...

Protess scores victory as investigative work aids man in obtaining evidentiary hearing

Jillian Sandler, Campus Editor

January 27, 2013

Filed under Administration, Campus

Medill Innocence Project founder David Protess secured what he called a “stunning victory for justice” Friday when his and his students' investigative work helped spur a judge's decision to grant an evidentiary hearing for...