Posts tagged "government"

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 »

Worse than California

Think California is having economic problems? Moody’s just announced that we have the second-worst credit rating of any state in the country, just behind California. But it’s worse for us because we have a problem that they don’t have — a pension crisis that’s only getting more dangerous. We’re ranked dead last in the country... Read more »
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It's time to act

You know what’s at stake — now we need to get to work. We’re just weeks away from a potentially historic vote on pension reform legislation that could save our state from financial disaster. I am writing, from one Illinoisan to another, to ask for your help in sending a powerful message to our leaders... Read more »

The Burden of Retiree Health Care Costs

Retirement-related programs for Illinois’ public employees have more than $140 BILLION in unfunded obligations and debt, which are growing every year.   The three retiree health care plans for state workers, downstate teachers and community college workers account for $44 BILLION of those unfunded obligations.    100% PREMIUM SUBSIDY   Government workers who participate in... Read more »

Pension reforms, spending cuts must come before tax hike

Illinois is broke. In the short run, it is running out of cash – and borrowing to cover its own operations as well as to fund health care, schools, local governments and social services. Or it simply fails to pay its bills – borrowing, in effect, from its suppliers. In the longer run, Illinois operates... Read more »
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Illinois Budget News: July 23

Another day, another dollar – make that dollar(s)…billions of them. If Rome is burning, then Illinois is blazing and it’s spreading like wildfire. To schools and universities, health care providers, and social service agencies – everyone is feeling the consequences of Illinois‘ fiscal crisis.   Recognized as the state most likely to default, Illinois‘ fiscal... Read more »