Emanuel urges Rauner to sign police and fire pension bill

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday appealed to his old friend, Gov. Bruce Rauner, to avert the need for an “unnecessary tax increase” in Chicago, by signing legislation giving the city 15 more years to ramp up to a 90 percent funding level for police and fire pensions.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported this week that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), Emanuel’s closest ally in Springfield, has ended 10 months of cat-and-mouse by sending the legislation to the governor.
Cullerton had been holding the bill — approved by the Illinois House and Senate last spring — amid concern that Rauner would veto the

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