Online, live auction dates set for ex-Dixon comptroller’s horses

More than 400 horses that once belonged to former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell will be on the auction block next month, as the federal government tries to recoup the more than $53 million she allegedly stole from the city over a 20-year period. Read more.

Video: Behind the scenes of Rita Crundwell’s horse farm in Dixon

Video: Auctioneer: Rita Crundwell’s farm a professional operation

GOP open, unions not to Gov. Pat Quinn’s ‘bold’ pension reforms

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Gov. Pat Quinn proposed an ambitious plan Friday to bring Illinois out of its $83 billion pension funding hole, but he still needs the buy-in of the General Assembly and labor unions, not to mention a constitutional blessing, to make it a reality. Read more.

Storify: reactions to Gov. Quinn’s pension plan.

Scott Walker touts Wisconsin’s financial successes in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD ­— On the day the Illinois Legislature reconvened for the remainder of its spring session, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker used the state’s deepening financial quagmire as proof positive that his controversial actions in the last year have benefited the Badger State. Read more.

Video: Unions protest before Scott Walker speaks in Springfield

Video: Skip Trotter reacts to Gov. Scott Walker’s speech

Video: Labor rep: Scott Walker’s policies won’t fly in Illinois

Blog post: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker met with cheers, anger in Springfield

Blog post: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Springfield; protests planned