Posts tagged "public employee unions"

Ban public employe strikes in Illinois

If we really want to help solve Illinois’ tottering financial condition, we should ban public employe strikes in Illinois. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner doesn’t go far enough when he starts talking about turning Illinois into a “right-to-work” state. That’s a great idea as far as it goes. As a former union official myself, I agree... Read more »

Chicago's approaching doomsday

You thought bankrupt Detroit was bad? Read this informative analysis by Reboot Illinois and come to more fully understand why Chicago’s situation is possibly worse. It took many years of warnings before Illinois state lawmakers and most taxpayers finally grasped the danger of the debt the state had accumulated with its five public employee pension systems. Now... Read more »

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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A first, necessary step toward returning Illinois to fiscal solvency

Repeal the Illinois constitution’s provision that guarantees the fat pensions for state public employees. The provision, Article XIII, Section 5, of the constitution says: 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 benefits of... Read more »

Wanted: Illinois pols to challenge public employee unions

The primary election is Feb. 2. Do you know who will take on the public employee unions and their pensions? Because if we can’t elect people who are committed to figuring out how Illinois will crawl out of an $80 billion-plus debt owed to public employee pension funds, the state surely will get flushed. Illinois... Read more »
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