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

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Rockford union members join protesters in Madison

MADISON, Wis. — As snow fell steadily over the capital Saturday, firefighters from Madison and surrounding towns gathered at the main fire station and huddled against the cold.

In a few minutes, they, their families and other supporters — including firefighters from Beloit and Janesville — would line up five abreast and follow the lead of a drum and bagpipe corps through the downtown streets to the Statehouse. They would march through the Capitol building to the fanatic cheers of their fellow union faithful, tens of thousands of whom converged on Mad City to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill and its union-related measures. Read more.

Read my tweets from the event here. 

Illinois legislators gather input from cities, unions on pensions

CHICAGO ­— Municipal and union officials from throughout Illinois gathered in Chicago on Tuesday to discuss proposals to change the pension structure of public safety workers.

At one end of the divide stand city officials like Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey, who said the benefits are too rich and that police officers and firefighters aren’t contributing enough of their salaries to fund them. On the other end are police and fire unions, who say poor financial investing and low market returns are to blame. Read more.

Read my tweets from the event here.