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Illinois' Pension Reform Law is Scheduled to Take Effect June 1...But Will It?

The pension reform law goes into effect on June 1, but it will be delayed if a union coalition gets its way.

A coalition of Illinois public-employee unions has filed a lawsuit to prevent the state’s new pension reform law from going into effect as scheduled on June 1.

After the bill was passed by Springfield and signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn last December, five  lawsuits have challenged its constitutionality. Those lawsuits are moving through the court system and it is unlikely there will be a ruling before the June 1 deadline when the law will take effect.

Under the law, annual increases in benefits are reduced, the retirement age is raised and the salary on which a pension can be earned is capped.

Active employees and retirees both believe the law violates part of the Illinois constitution and will eventually get thrown out by the Illinois Supreme Court. But until that process is complete, they want to try to keep the status quo by delaying the pension reform bill from going into effect.

One of the unions that filed a lawsuit represents the teachers of Illinois. While sticking in the field of education, here are the 25 highest-paid school administrators

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Gary May 14, 2014 at 03:33 PM
The unions have become a monopoly, and as such they have used their power to intimidate, demonize, and bully everyone into submission. The unions negotiated with people they themselves put in power, so the average taxpayer never had a seat at the table. They put in place a Constitutional amendment making sure we can never cancel any of the unearned benefits they give to themselves. They pass law after law weakening and isolating local school boards so that it's nearly impossible to create the political momentum to stop them. They do not deal in good faith and they show no compassion for those who they force to pay for benefits they have not earned. The State employees' unions are directly and solely responsible for the pension mess. They could fix this mess overnight by playing fair and working with the rest of us, but they will never do that as long as they can use the power of government to put a gun to our heads and force us to cough up more money. THAT is the disturbing truth of it.
John Borson May 14, 2014 at 03:53 PM
The problem Gary is that the average taxpayer would have a seat at the table if they chose to do so. Unfortunately, the average taxpayer doesn't pay attention. When you have less than 25% turn out for a local election, the average taxpayer is declining their seat at the table. It's not hard for the union to dominate when they have no real opposition
Gary May 14, 2014 at 04:18 PM
The history of how we got here is a different story, but unions now have so much money and power that they are unassailable. I do not see any political force in Illinois that can even slow them down.
Inconvenientruth May 14, 2014 at 09:55 PM
No Gary, "the history of how we got here" is the issue. How can you immediately jump to blaming the unions for the failure of the legislature to fund their statutory portion of the pension systems?
McCloud May 15, 2014 at 07:20 AM
No, the failure has more to do with not handing out 401K brochures and welcome packets to 1981.

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