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October 22, 2014, 10:07 pm
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Opposition Grows As Pension Reform Details Emerge; Bill On Fast Track For Tuesday Vote

A local lawmaker says he’s being inundated with calls opposing the latest pension reform proposal… and expects the same is true for most lawmakers. 


Republican Raymond Poe says his office has had 200 to 300 calls since the first of the week… and all of them but one urged him to vote against the proposal, which would make big changes in cost-of-living allowances and the retirement age for public sector workers.


Pubilc sector unions oppose the new pension reform proposal because they say it goes too far.  But GOP candidate for governor Bruce Rauner and some conservative groups are also against it, because it doesn’t go far enough. 


They say it still provides overly-generous benefits, doesn’t save enough money, and funds pensions at the expense of other essential programs.


Even though details are only just starting to surface, the proposed pension reform plan is on a fast track for a legislative vote on Tuesday.  A bipartisan conference committee will consider the bill on that day, and if it’s approved, it would go before the House and Senate the same day. 


Poe thinks the objective is to pass it quickly in order to speed up a legal review that should determine if the bill is constitutional.


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