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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Mar 12, 2014

Election Preview: A Look At The 39th District State Representative Race

With less than a week until the March primary election, eyes are peeled on the 39th District state representative race that pits politically-connected incumbent State Rep. Maria "Toni" Berrios (D-Chicago) against community organizer and former Huffington Post reporter Will Guzzardi. Progress Illinois takes a look at the contest, which has been called possibly the "most important state legislative race in Illinois in the primary."

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by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Feb 15, 2013

Decision By Some Lawmakers Not To Take Their Own Pensions Seen As Ineffective And 'Purely Political'

As the state’s pension debt grows, 22 Illinois state legislators have decided not to accept state-subsidized retirement benefits.

With $97 billion in unfunded liabilities — more than $20,000 for every household in the state — Illinois’ five pension funds serving teachers, state employees, university employees, judges, and legislators, are in desperate shape. Attributed to inadequate contributions by the government, the pension systems are only 39 percent funded, when 80 percent is considered healthy.