Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley have something in common that could easily become each of their undoing: Chicago's severely underfunded public pension system. Pension Games is a series of investigative reports on the broken, corrupt system that provides retirement payments to Chicago's many public service workers. Beginning in 2010, the Tribune has tracked this unfolding crisis from its birth to its current state, roiling political and business figures from Cook County to Springfield. Through its in-depth research and watchdog reporting, the Chicago Tribune has exposed mismanagement and corruption within the pension system by public officials past and present.
Pension Games is a hard-hitting expose that reveals how former mayor Richard M. Daley used pension funds to make political deals and give oversized pensions to all sorts of city workers—himself included. By looking at the history of the pension system, the nature of the laws themselves, and a trove of primary materials, investigative journalists have uncovered rampant corruption and uncorrected failures that have led to an attempt at state-wide pension reform. Complementing this analysis of public records and finances are profiles and case studies of specific individuals, bringing the results of the system's misuse and abuse to life.
As the Tribune continued to investigate the issues at the heart of the pension problem, it eventually triggered an official look into pension reform in Illinois, as well as a new federal investigation of several union officials' pensions in Chicago. The immediate and long-term crises posed by a pension system unhinged are at the forefront of public officials' minds, not the least of whom include Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn. If they cannot reform these public finance systems, it may easily be their own political careers that will pay the price. What's more is that any convictions or revelations resulting from the reformation process and federal investigation may taint if not undo outright the largely positive legacy of Richard M. Daley.
For the first time ever, one book examines the breadth and depth of the pension problem in Illinois and Chicago, reported with precision by the award-winning Chicago Tribune staff.
Title Pension Games
Subtitle Bad Decisions and Backroom Deals in Illinois' Public Pension System
Authors Chicago Tribune Staff, WGN-TV Staff
Title First Published 07 June 2012
Nb of pages
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572844186
Reference no. 978-1-57284-418-6
Publication Date 07 June 2012
List Price $4.99