A Wall Street Journal story sees a crack in the old and solid alliance between House Speaker Michael Madigan and organized state workers. Said the story:
Last week, Mr. Madigan floated, for the first time, the idea of cutting pension benefits for current state workers. The speaker said lawmakers were working on bills to reduce the pensions, but he declined to give details.
The story suggests that Madigan finally might be catching on to what is going on in the country:
Since 1970, the Illinois constitution has barred reductions in public-employee pensions, and states have had little success in court when they attempt to lower benefits for current workers. But Mr. Madigan's latest comments are part of a national trend of state and city Democratic politicians recalibrating their relationships with unions as voters grow weary of service cuts and tax and fee increases to balance state budgets.
Note is taken that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, which represents state workers, did not endorse Madigan in his re-election bid.
As if it mattered.