Spotlight Politics: Illinois Finds $1.5 Billion in Budget Money


Our politics team of Carol Marin, Paris Schutz and Amanda Vinicky digests the top political stories of the week in this edition of Spotlight Politics.


Everything old is new again: Illinois has pension problems and south suburban lawmakers are fighting for a third Chicago airport in Peotone. Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot is gallivanting in Washington, D.C., as her predecessor, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, tries to burnish his legacy at home.

And, a new wrinkle on the age-old tale of Illinois’ pension mess: The state actually found $1.5 billion in budget money it was not banking on. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that the money would go toward payments into the state pension systems, forgoing the need for a previously planned – and panned – “pension holiday.”

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