The Better Government Association recently published an apologia for Illinois' high government worker pensions, diminishing them as a reason for the state's financial problems.
Its "Big pensions just a tiny part of big pension mess" is a disappointing and thin explanation that is based on union-friendly or financed sources, such as Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.
If you truly want a more thorough and believable explanation check out "Pensions 101: Understanding Illinois’ massive government workers pension crisis." It spotlights, for example, the stunning increase in the taxpayers' share of pension funding compared to the government workers' share. It explains how the average pension that the government worker receives is often understated by the special interests who want to life the blame for Illinois' financial crisis from the generous pension benefits paid to government workers.
Illinois is in the firm grip of public employee unions and their acolytes, such as Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. As long as this continues, Illinois will never recover its financial health.