A local legislative candidate says he will fight to make sure the state keeps its pension promises to state workers and teachers… a stand that conflicts with the platform of his party’s nominee for governor.
Republican Mike Bell won Tuesday’s primary in the 96th House District and will face Democratic incumbent Sue Scherer in November.
Bell is himself a retired teacher and state worker, and says public sector workers deserve and are entitled to their full pensions.
GOP nominee for governor Bruce Rauner says those pensions are unaffordable and are the result of the “corrupting influence” of unions.
Bell says he will try to educate Rauner otherwise… but says he will support his party’s nominee nonetheless.