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Senate bill would give Illinois pension funds chance to recover funds paid in error

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that would allow three State employee retirement systems to recover funds mistakenly distributed to annuitants either directly or by deducting excess amounts from the rem…
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BBP wins Supreme Court pension fund case

In a case argued by Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd., the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday reversed an appellate court ruling that would have awarded a potential $1.8 million in enhanced pension benefits to certain widows of deceased Chicago firefig…
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BBP Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Pension Board Ruling

An appellate court decision granting enhanced pension benefits to certain widows of deceased Chicago firefighters without requiring them to pay any corresponding contribution is contrary to the Illinois Pension Code and threatens the future viability…
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Does Illinois FOIA Apply to Out-of-Staters?

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) grants Illinois citizens access to all public records.  But does it grant the same right to those who live outside Illinois? That’s a question for Illinois public bodies after the U…
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Supreme Court to hear BBP appeal in Chicago fire pension case

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by the Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of an appellate court decision last May that would have awarded $1.8 million in enhanced pension benefits to certain widows of deceased Chicago fi…
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BBP's Burns spells out new pension law at AIPRS event

Most trustees who serve on Illinois public pension boards know they have four duties: the duty of loyalty; the duty to follow the “prudent man standard”; the duty to diversify plan assets; and the duty to follow the Pension Code. But what…
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BBP's Burns to speak at 2012 Public Funds Forum in Utah

CHICAGO _ Mary Patricia Burns, president of Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd., will be among the guest panelists at the fourth annual The Future of Corporate Reform 2012 Public Funds Forum to be held September 4-6 in Park City, Utah. Ms. Burns will par…
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BBP Welcomes New Associates

Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Madeleine S. Podesta and Larisa L. Elizondo have recently joined our practice as associate attorneys. Ms. Podesta joins the firm after working in private practice, where she gained experienc…
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BBP's Hales named 2012 "Rising Star"

 BBP associate Christopher J. Hales has been named a 2012 “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine.  Hales, 34, earned recognition in the magazine’s annual listing of outstanding lawyers 40 years old and younger, or who…
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Firefighter-Turned-Arsonist Won't Get City Pension

A firefighter-turned-arsonist’s hopes of regaining the pension denied him by the Chicago firefighters pension fund suffered a fatal blow on Sept. 28 when the Illinois Supreme Court rejected his petition for a hearing on the matter.  The Cou…
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