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Just The Facts: A Primer on Illinois Pensions

Over the last few years we have all been engaged in an effort to find a sensible, workable solution to Illinois’ pension crisis. Simply put, the current pension system is unsustainable and poses the threat of overwhelming the state’s budget if left unaddressed. More immediately, the state’s broader budget issues cannot be resolved until the... Read more »

Illinois' Governor Quinn Unveils Pension Reform Proposal

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn offered the outlines of a pension reform proposal that is an important first step in addressing Illinois’ massively underfunded public pension system. The plan calls for a 3% hike in employee contributions, phasing in an increase in the retirement age to 67, reducing cost of living adjustments, and shifting some... Read more »

The Solution is Pension Reform. Let's Work Together to Save Our State.

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Illinois has a major problem on its hands — and, it’s not going away. It’s Illinois’ pension problem. And, it impacts us all. Whether you are a hard-working teacher, employee of the State, a taxpayer or a family trying to make ends meet, everyone in Illinois is affected. Watch here to learn more. How serious... Read more »
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The Time to Act is NOW! Tell Legislators "Pension Reform First"

The Time to Act is NOW! Tell Legislators "Pension Reform First"
Who got us into this mess isn’t as important as who will get us out. Your legislators head down to Springfield tomorrow and have just three days to address the disastrous pension crisis facing each and every one of us. Illinois’ retirement programs for State employees and teachers are $140 Billion short. That’s right, $140... Read more »

Illinois Is STILL Broke -- And, Our Children Will Pay

Illinois Is STILL Broke -- And, Our Children Will Pay
  Illinois’ retirement funds are $140 Billion short. Yes, BILLION — and they’re in trouble. Let’s put it this way: to make up for our deepening deficit, each person living in Illinois will have to pay $30,000 – that’s $857 a year for the next 35 years or $71 a month – not including interest,... Read more »

We Support Our Teachers - You Should Too!

We Support Our Teachers - You Should Too!
Last week, we released a video to inform suburban and downstate teachers in Illinois that their pensions are at risk. As you know, there are two sides to every story, and we felt it was important that teachers hear some of the facts that their leaders and others are not telling them. As you can... Read more »
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A Message to Teachers: the Truth about your Pension

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Illinois is Broke – $140 BILLION in debt – and if you’re a teacher its bad news for you. It’s basic math. There is not enough money to pay benefits to current retirees, much less you. That money being deducted from your pay check each month is going to pay benefits to current retirees. So... Read more »

PENSION REFORM FIRST

By now you’ve seen the billboards. We are asking the Illinois legislature to address the pension crisis that is breaking the state budget and causing a financial meltdown in our state. We need your help to spread the word: “Pension Reform First.” It’s clear. Our current pension program is unsustainable and it is not only bankrupting our state... Read more »

Consider this before you vote Nov. 2

Illinois Is Broke – and public employee retirement programs are at the root of the problem. Unfunded retiree-related obligations for public employees and retirees in State pension plans now total over $130 Billion – more than $25,000 per Illinois household. The funding requirements for these programs are growing – totaling Billions of dollars each year... Read more »
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Illinois deep in debt, doesn't pay bills

For months, we’ve been trying to get the word out about Illinois $130 billion fiscal crisis. Throughout our campaign, it has been important to let people know the impact this drastic deficit would have on their lives and their communities. Yesterday, the Associated Press wrote how the crisis is pushing businesses and organizations to the... Read more »