retirement http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ill. Voters File Lawsuit Challenging Retirement Benefits Ballot Question http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-voters-file-lawsuit-challenging-retirement-benefits-ballot-question <p>A group of voters is challenging the validity of <a href="http://www.vote.illinois.gov/ILVote/questions/Election33/EXPLANATION%20OF%20THE%20PROPOSED%20AMENDMENT.pdf">a measure on this fall's ballot</a> that would make it more difficult to improve retirement benefits for public employees.</p><p>In a statement Thursday, Republican state Senate candidate John Bambenek, of Champaign, said he and 10 other Illinois residents filed a lawsuit arguing the question is unconstitutional.</p><p>Bambenek says the form of the question and the amendment are "deceptive, inaccurate and incomprehensible."</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:45:43 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 5549 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Voters File Lawsuit Challenging Retirement Benefits Ballot Question Retirements leave gap at Ill. state parks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/retirements-leave-gap-ill-state-parks <p>Since late last year, almost a quarter of Illinois state park superintendents have retired, taking with them in many cases 30 or more years of experience that will be hard to replace.<br>&nbsp;<br>The loss of that institutional knowledge is one more cost of the state's deep financial crisis. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is among state agencies hit hard by years of budget cuts.<br>&nbsp; Sat, 25 Aug 2012 19:19:27 +0000 The Associated Press 4412 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Retirements leave gap at Ill. state parks Ill. House: End free health insurance for retired longtime state employees http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-house-end-free-health-insurance-retired-longtime-state-employees <p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Guy Stephens and Brian Mackey was used in this report.</em></p><p>Longtime state employees would no longer be able get free health insurance when they retire under&nbsp;legislation approved by the Illinois House today.</p><p>The vote is part of a push to cut pension benefits for government retirees. The governor, House speaker and other officials want to save money by cutting pensions, health care and other costs.</p><p>House Republican Leader Tom Cross says it&#39;s the first of many difficult votes to come.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 21:02:10 +0000 The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 3664 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. House: End free health insurance for retired longtime state employees Illinois House panel targets retiree health care http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-house-panel-targets-retiree-health-care <p>An Illinois House committee wants to&nbsp;take away a perk for government retirees who get a big break on&nbsp;health insurance.</p><p>State employees who work for 20 years pay no insurance premium&nbsp;in retirement. A measure to end that benefit cleared the&nbsp;&nbsp;House Executive Committee, which is controlled by Democrats, without opposition&nbsp;Wednesday.</p><p>The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees&nbsp;opposes the legislation.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 19:03:18 +0000 The Associated Press 3619 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois House panel targets retiree health care Post-Dispatch faces lawsuit over retiree benefits http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/post-dispatch-faces-lawsuit-over-retiree-benefits <p>Twelve former employees of the <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/">St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a> have <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/74824986/PD-Retiree-Lawsuit">sued </a>the paper, saying corporate officials lied to them about the benefits the employees would receive after taking an early retirement offer in 2007.</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 21:37:15 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2615 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Post-Dispatch faces lawsuit over retiree benefits Kit Bond to announce new job in private sector http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kit-bond-announce-new-job-private-sector <p>Looks like <a href="http://kwmu.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/kit-bond-retires-work-together-play-nice%E2%80%9D">Kit Bond isn't just moving out of national politics</a> when he retires, but is moving on -- to the private sector.</p><p>Bond announced today, via a press release, that he will be having a morning press conference tomorrow in St. Louis to share the details of his next step. A location for the press conference was not listed, but will be announced at 8 a.m.</p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 22:15:12 +0000 Kelsey Proud 232 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Kit Bond to announce new job in private sector Illinois deemed worst state for retirees by survey http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-deemed-worst-state-retirees-survey <P>The website "<A href="http://www.topretirements.com/Home.html">TopRetirements.com</A>" mentioned 10 states that retirees should avoid based on fiscal health, taxation and climate.&nbsp; Topping the list? Illinois.&nbsp;</P> <P> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 13:21:00 +0000 Maria Altman 187 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois deemed worst state for retirees by survey