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Researcher: Harvey's pension problems the first, but 'certainly won't be last,' to run afoul of state law

By Glenn Minnis | Jun 21, 2018

The city of Harvey remained locked in a court fight with state officials and its own public worker pension funds over its ability to use sales tax dollars to pay its bills. But it likely is just one of dozens of cities and other governments across Illinois poised to land on the wrong side of a state law mandating pension fund payments.

Illinois now ringed by right-to-work states after Missouri joins trend

By Christopher Knoll | Feb 21, 2017

This month, Illinois found itself surrounded by right-to-work (RTW) states when Missouri's new Republican governor completed the encirclement by signing into law legislation that riled the state’s unions.

IL Supreme Court rejection of law to reduce jury size sheds light on key legal, justice principles

By Andrew Burger | Oct 14, 2016

As he was about to leave office, former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill, strongly supported by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, that would have reduced the number of jurors in state civil trials from 12 to six. On Sept. 22, the Illinois Supreme Court rescinded the law in a unanimous 5-0 vote, declaring unconstitutional the law, which would have had deep implications for the state's civil justice system.

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