Judging by the election results, you might think that reforming the extravagent pensions that public employees receive in Illinois wasn't high on the voters' minds. Friends (i.e. those who harvest campaign money from
organized labor), especially Gov. Pat Quinn and House Speaker Michael Madigan keep their grip on the top spots.
But what hasn't been noticed much is that in communities were referendums were on the ballot asking what voters thought about the pensions, a large majority said they should be reformed.
A nonbinding advisory referendum on the ballot in many communities asked
voters if they wanted the Illinois General Assembly and governor to
reform pensions for public-safety employees without further burdening
local taxpayers. Of the 21 towns in the western suburbs where some
version of the referendum appeared, more than 70 percent of voters
Moore's piece is informative and interesting, well worth the read. But with Democrats wanting the state to take out a $4 billion loan to pay the state pension funds, you wonder if they got the message.