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  • Best Western Chicago Hillside
    Rate: $109 to $139.
    Description: This hotel is only 15 minutes from downtown and minutes away from other beloved Chicagoland attractions: the Brookfield Zoo, the Ernest Hemingway Museum, and the Oakbrook Shopping Center.
    Phone: 708-544-9300.
    (tags: Chicago Hotel)
  • This Chicago property is located in Wicker Park and near The Loop. A daily hot breakfast is offered at the property and free Wi-Fi is available in every room.

    At this completely non-smoking House of Two Urns Bed and Breakfast and Apartments, guest rooms include satellite TV. A DVD player is also provided in each room.

    The House of Two Urns features free off-street parking. The property also includes on-site laundry facilities and a kitchen. The hotel offers free passes to the local fitness center.

    The O'Hare International Airport is a short drive from the Two Urns House. Millennium Park is located near the property.

    (tags: chicago B&B)
  • The California Public Employees' Retirement System announced Wednesday that the state needs to increase its pension contributions by $600 million a year.

    Schwarzenegger's new agreement raises the retirement age for state workers by five years and requires current workers to contribute more of their salaries into their own retirement accounts. The deal is expected to save $72 million this year — a number that would grow to $2.2 billion if all the state's public sector unions reach similar terms, according to the state finance department.

    There's increasing political pressure for them to do so. Voters in a number of California cities will be voting this year on increasing retirement ages and cutting pension benefits for government workers. Meg Whitman, who won the Republican nomination to succeed Schwarzenegger last week, has called for raising the retirement age of state workers.

  • State pension funding levels vary dramatically in the U.S. Several states have pension plans with high levels of funding or even a surplus (levels over 100 percent), but many states have pensions that are extremely underfunded.
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