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State high court skeptical municipal police and fire pension consolidation hurt retirees’ voting rights

Pensioners challenged 2019 law that consolidated 649 funds for higher returns By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments in a case alleging the state’s 2019 law that consolidated nearly 650 individual police and firefighter pension funds actually hurt retirees by diluting their voting power. The nearly three-dozen pensioners and…

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Sam McCann fires court-appointed attorneys on trial’s scheduled start date

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Monday was supposed to have been the first day in the week-long federal corruption trial of former Republican state Sen. Sam McCann, who allegedly misused more than $200,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses. A pull-down projector screen in the Springfield courtroom of U.S. District Judge…

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Suit says new requirements are overly burdensome, preempted by federal law

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – A group of temporary staffing agencies and their trade associations are asking a federal court to block enforcement of a new state law that governs how day laborers and temp workers are managed and paid. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Chicago, challenges several changes…

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