Pension Reform Barickman Hopes Veto Session Resolves Pension Consolidation Questions By Charlie Schlenker & Sean Newgent • Oct 25, 2019 senatorbarickman.com State Sen. Jason Barickman said he's not sure how a proposal to consolidate municipal fire and police pension fund assets will play out next week in Springfield. The General Assembly convenes Oct. 28-30 for its fall veto session. Blumenshine Seeks 2020 Rematch Against Rep. Dan Brady By Mary Cullen • Jul 30, 2019 Updated 11:55 a.m. | A Bloomington-Normal real estate broker has thrown his hat in the ring once again in the race to unseat Republican state Rep. Dan Brady in 2020. Small-Business Leader Says State Must Repair Rocky Relationship By Mary Cullen • Dec 14, 2018 Mary Cullen / WGLT The leader of the Small Business Advocacy Council said the near 800 day-long state budget impasse set small businesses up for a rocky relationship with Illinois government. Local Pension Officials Opposed To Consolidation Plan By Ryan Denham • May 22, 2018 Ryan Denham / WGLT Two local pension board presidents are raising concerns about a proposal to consolidate hundreds of police and fire pension funds. University Retirees Propose Giant Refinance on State Pension Debt By Charlie Schlenker • Mar 12, 2018 Charlie Schlenker / WGLT Obscured in the last three years of budget struggles in the state of Illinois is a remaining massive unfunded liability in state pension systems—$129 billion by some accounts. Old Idea Could Change School Funding Dollars By Dusty Rhodes • Feb 14, 2018 Rich Saal / The State Journal-Register (pool) One of the biggest changes Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed in Wednesday's budget address is making local school districts bear the costs of teacher pensions.