Tag: Illinois constitution

Illinois taxpayers are NOT required to keep feeding the state workers' pension funds

Why has feeding Illinois government workers’ pensions funds taken precedence over other desperate needs, especially as the coronavirus has added another crippling dimension to state’s already deadly fiscal crisis? Here’s a surprise: Illinois taxpayers don’t have to.  Not even to conform to the state’s constitution requirement that no government worker’s pension benefits can be diminished. No doubt... Read more »

Why Illinois needs a constitutional amendment to save itself

A former U.S. Comptroller General, David Walker, has  added his voice to the many who say that Illinois must amend its constitution “to defuse a ticking retirement time bomb” for Chicago and the state. He wrote in Truth in Accounting that the amendment should be based on a federal law– the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974... Read more »

Bill Daley wants an Illinois constitutional convention; me too

Bill Daley–he of the powerful Democratic Daley family–said in a Tribune op-ed that he sees the need for a new constitutional convention to reform how our legislative districts are drawn. It is a necessary step if we are to fix the state’s deeply embedded political and financial problems. In “Voters, take back your state,” Daley... Read more »
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Judge's Illinois redistricting ruling leaves only one way left to tweak Mike Madigan

So, a Cook County Judge has ruled that we don’t get to vote on an Illinois constitutional amendment that would take  legislative redistricting out of the hands of politicians protecting their hind sides and turn it over to a more objective and less political process. As the Chicago Tribune reported: Judge Diane Larsen found that... Read more »

How to dump House Speaker Mike Madigan

The first step to fixing what ails Illinois is to dump House Speaker Mike Madigan. The governance and labor reforms proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner won’t do it until Madigan is removed from the speakership. Higher taxes won’t do it either. The finger of blame for the Illinois in-the-toilet condition points directly at Madigan–for all... Read more »

Hey AFSCME, what the hell now?

Instead of crowing about how the Illinois Supreme Court rejected the latest effort to solve Chicago’s suffocating pension problems, it would be nice if AFSCME suggested a solution for funding public employee pensions–other than taxing everyone into oblivion. Demonstrating once again that they are prepared to ride into hell on the backs of Chicago and... Read more »
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Chicago SHOULD declare bankruptcy

For some analysts, bankruptcy would be a disaster for Chicago. For others, it would be impossible because it isn’t permitted (yet) by state law. But here’s a school of thought asserting that bankruptcy for Chicago (and Chicago Public Schools) is not only possible, but advisable. It is proposed by Center for Pension Integrity (CPI) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan... Read more »

Democracy sucks

How else, other than democracy sucks, to explain the horrendous state of Chicago and Illinois. How else to explain the seemingly ho-hum attitude (see John Kass’ eloquent column) toward former IRS executive Lois Lerner’s missing two (yes, two!) years of emails and the oh-so coincidental hard drive crash to some of the people who received... Read more »

Support for Illinois term limits are far more than overwhelming

When up to 80 percent of any group can agree on something, you know that (1) it’s got to be right or (2) an awful lot of people are getting fooled. When it comes to imposing term limits on Illinois legislators and legislative leaders, I believe that it’s the former. Illinois voters are so fed... Read more »
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The cure for Illinois' financial ills

As long as the candidates are talking about amending the Illinois Constitution, let’s toss out this Article XIII, Section 5: PENSION AND RETIREMENT RIGHTS Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the... Read more »
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