CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois lawmakers who passed a state pension overhaul measure last week will soon face a looming pension crisis in Chicago. Analysts say the city's pension system is only 35 percent funded, compared to New York's 60 percent and San Francisco's 88 per cent. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others warn that if lawmakers don't act, Chicago residents could be faced with soaring property taxes and cuts in service.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Senator Mark Kirk is resting comfortably after surgery for a medical issue unrelated to the stroke he had last year. Doctors say the stomach pain Kirk was having over the weekend was caused by gallstones and they removed his gallbladder in a 30-minute procedure. He'll miss some votes in Washington this week as a result.
CHICAGO (AP) - Longtime Illinois Republican leader Rich Williamson of Chicago has died. The 64-year-old lost a nationally watched campaign against Carol Moseley Braun in 1992. He also was a former state GOP chairman and Republican National Committeeman. Williamson served three presidents in diplomatic roles.
CHICAGO (AP) - "Da Coach" is getting his own special license plates. The state has honored former Chicago Bears player and coach Mike Ditka with a set of plates on the day the Bears are retiring Ditka's jersey number. One of the plates says "Ditka" and other reads "89."
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