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July 30, 2014, 10:10 am
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GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Sound Off on Pension Reform Plan


The Republican candidates for governor are weighing in on the pension reform plan that could come up for a vote in the General Assembly on Tuesday.

 

Bruce Rauner is the harshest critic… saying it does not save enough money and continues to provide overly-generous benefits to public sector union members.

 

And Rauner opposes the bill’s provision to establish pension funding guarantees… saying that puts pensions ahead of education and other essential services.

 

Another GOP candidate, state Senator Kirk Dillard, says there should be more hearings and discussion before a final vote.

 

But state Senator Bill Brady supports the bill, and defends the push for fast action. He says most of the provisions have been discussed and vetted for months.

 

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has so far not commented on the bill.

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