Yes, I too was surprised. It stems from a Tribune column in which I reported a legal opinion that the Illinois public employee pension benefits might not be as secure as commonly thought. The opinion, written by the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin, argues that the state constitution does not guarantee that the state must pay for all the benefits if the pension funds go bust.
That brought an overwrought response from the union, calling me, Eden Martin (president of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago) and the Tribune "tools of terror." Links are provided to the entire discussion below:
Here is the Tribune editorial: Tribune, 'Tool of Terror.'
Here is the teachers union op-ed column: Teachers: Don't blame us for mess."
Here is Eden Martin's response: Pensions, all our problem.
Here is the Sidley Austin opinion:
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