Posts tagged "springfield"

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 »

Pension vote hours away -- call your legislators now!

It all comes down to this. We just got word that the historic pension reform bill you’ve supported for so long could come to a vote in the next few hours. Call your legislators right now and tell them to vote “yes” on Senate Bill 512. Even if you’ve already contacted them, they need to... Read more »

Make Your Voice Heard!

Illinois is STILL Broke, but we have launched exciting new features on our website to help you get involved in bringing Illinois back to financial stability!   Our added features make it easy for you to:    CALL YOUR LAWMAKERS Elected officials have raised your taxes but failed to address the REAL problem – $140 Billion in unfunded... Read more »
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Speak Up Now Before It Is Too Late!

Springfield is poised to vote today or tomorrow on a proposal to raise state income taxes 75 percent.   But this tax increase would not reduce the $140 Billion in unfunded obligations for pension and retiree health care by a nickel. Legislators also plan to continue borrowing to pay for this largely unfunded program.  ... Read more »

Tell legislators: No tax increase without pension reform!

Some scary things are happening in Springfield. The governor is considering borrowing $15 billion. Lawmakers are talking about borrowing $3.7 billion for pensions.  And everyone is talking about increasing the personal income tax from 3 to 5 percent. Responsible legislators in both parties should just say “no” to the tax-increase and bond proposals.  They should... Read more »

Chicago's destructive funding of pensions

Chicago – like the state of Illinois — does not fund its employee pensions at their true cost level (as determined by actuaries). If it did, the city would have to provide an additional $700 million or so in funding in 2012. By 2015 the number could grow to about $800 million. Not funding these costs... Read more »
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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 »

Illinois Budget News: June 23

Illinois finances have become a national embarrassment, as promptly featured on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times: In Budget Crisis, States Take Aim at Pension Costs. So, when will our elected officials wise up and understand the state’s crushing debt cannot be resolved without addressing its retirement-related debt? This story posted by The... Read more »

Illinois Budget News: June 2

Star Chicago economist Diane Swonk delivered a no-nonsense analysis on the nation’s “slow and painful” emergence from the Great Recession to the Executives’ Club of Chicago yesterday.Per today’s Sun-Times, Swonk predicted the possibility of “later retirements, higher taxes and more sacrifices…” Among her local concerns: Illinois‘ ability to compete with other states and retain residents.Bottom... Read more »
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Illinois Budget News: May 28

Illinois is facing a $13 billion budget deficit and doesn’t have enough money to pay its bills…and our lawmakers have skipped town. Faced with the opportunity to address the financial problems burdening our state, our elected officials – respectively – declined, staving off a vote on the pension borrowing bill and sending an unbalanced budget... Read more »