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Candidate Says Pension Problem is From State's Failed Promise, Not Workers' Benefits


A Republican candidate for the Illinois legislature says a pension reform plan under consideration by a bipartisan committee is unfair and unconstitutional… because it diminishes promised pension benefits.

 

Mike Bell of Edinburg is a long-time member of AFSCME because of his work as an educator in the Illinois prison system.

 

He says the state’s pension problem is not the fault of workers, and contends their benefits are not overly generous.

 

Bell says the real issue is the state’s failure to keep up its end of the bargain.

 

He says he would consider extending the state’s temporary income tax and using that revenue to pay down pension debt.

 

Bell is running for the House seat currently held by Democrat Sue Scherer.

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