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Talks of police, fire pension consolidation resume in Illinois Talks of police, fire pension consolidation resume in Illinois

Talks of police, fire pension consolidation resume in Illinois

Illinois lawmakers resumed discussion Thursday of a topic that has come up numerous times before — consolidating the state’s 656 local downstate police and firefighter pension funds into a single system.

Although the idea has floated around the Capitol for some time, it is getting help this year from Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who appointed a task force in February to study the issue.

Illinois economy adds 59,100 jobs in past year Illinois economy adds 59,100 jobs in past year

Illinois economy adds 59,100 jobs in past year

The Illinois economy has added 59,100 jobs over the past 12 months, while the overall unemployment rate dropped only a tenth of a point, to 4.3 percent, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday.

The preliminary, seasonally-adjusted numbers for February showed the state’s jobless rate was still higher than the national average of 3.8 percent.

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