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Illinois Roads, Schools and Services Are in Jeopardy
June 23, 2016 The pleas from Illinois’ local governments, schools, and state agencies for at least a stop-gap spending plan are growing...

Struggling Illinois Hospital System Pursuing Up to $1.2B Financing
June 21, 2016 The Illinois Finance Authority greenlighted $1.4 billion of borrowing plans at its June meeting, led by Presence Health’s...

Iowa Plans One-Two Market Punch After Long Absence
June 20, 2016 Iowa will return to the market twice this month after a six-year absence to snag refunding savings.

Cook County Sails to Savings on Refunding
June 20, 2016 Cook County, even paying the yield penalty most Illinois issuers face, landed $57 million in present value savings on a $285...

Widening Spreads Cost Illinois $12 Million on Deal, New Report Says
June 17, 2016 The political and financial dysfunction of Illinois cost the state $12 million on Thursday’s $550 million bond pricing...

Illinois Reaps Benefit of Market Timing
June 16, 2016 Illinois paid a steeper penalty to borrow Thursday after a fresh round of downgrades but a municipal market offering...

Illinois Infrastructure Projects At Risk
June 16, 2016 Illinois capital projects, including the Department of Transportation construction program, face imminent shutdown without at...

Bankruptcy Threat Pondered in Chicago Discussion
June 16, 2016 Kevyn Orr, who put Detroit into bankruptcy, said Chapter 9 is an option Chicago should have on the table as it steers its way...

FTC Will Appeal Court's Advocate-NorthShore Merger Decision
June 15, 2016 The Federal Trade Commission plans to appeal a federal court judge’s refusal to block the merger of Illinois-based Advocate...

SEC Inquiry For Troubled Suburban Chicago District
June 15, 2016 A suburban Chicago school district that ran into financial trouble after mishandling bond proceeds faces a Securities and...

Met Pier Downgraded Following Action on Illinois
June 14, 2016 The Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority of Illinois absorbed a downgrade from S&P Global Services, reflecting a recent...

Downgrade For Minnesota State Higher Ed System
June 14, 2016 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities took a one-notch downgrade from Moody’s Investors Service to Aa3 over the weakened...

Will the Municipal Market Penalize Illinois?
June 14, 2016 As Illinois brings a $550 million bond deal to market, its prolonged political gridlock is fueling debate over the market’s...

Mesirow Sends Anderson East to Aid Institutional Clients
June 13, 2016 Mesirow Financial has appointed Blake Anderson to a newly-created position leading client portfolio strategy in its...

Seven Illinois Universities Face Downgrade Review
June 13, 2016 Seven of Illinois’ public universities face a review for downgrade from Moody’s Investors Service.

Illinois Ratings Punished For Impasse
June 9, 2016 Political gridlock in Illinois spurred two downgrades and a watch for the state’s already tarnished bond ratings as its bill...

Former Illinois Debt Chief Starts Consulting Practice
June 8, 2016 Former Illinois capital markets director John Sinsheimer has launched a financial consulting business geared toward helping...

Presence Health Rating Hit Anew
June 8, 2016 Chicago-based Presence Health received a Moody’s Investors Service downgrade that leaves it on the lowest rung of investment...

Chicago MWRD Pays Limited Penalty
June 7, 2016 The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago sold $427 million high grade paper at what a local bond trader...

Tip-Off This Week for Milwaukee Bucks Bond Deals
June 7, 2016 With construction crews ready to get to work this summer, Wisconsin-based issuers will sell $235 million of debt this week to...


Bond Buyer Northeast regional editor Paul Burton, markets reporter Aaron Weitzman and Northeast regional reporter Andrew Coen examine the hot-button problem of public pension liability, including the lingering Illinois shadow, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling, union pushback and Pennsylvania's bill to switch new employees to 401(k)-style plans.

As we await the final shoe to drop with regard to the SEC's MCDC initiative, the municipal market may be at a turning point in terms of disclosure.

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