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Illinois General Assembly Passes Pension Reform, See How Your Reps Voted

Both the Illinois House and Senate narrowly passed a measure that addresses Illinois' pension problems.

After years of dithering, Illinois senators and representatives took a step forward Tuesday by passing legislation that will attempt to solve the $100 billion pension problem that has bedeviled the state, its finances, and its credit rating.

The state Senate passed the measure 30-24, and the House passed it 62-53, the Chicago Tribune reports, with both votes coming in within minutes of each other.

The deal will save $160 billion over 30 years, and reduce the state's payments for pensions by about $1.5 billion a year, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. 

It does so by among other things creating a payment plan that is projected to erase the shortfall by 2044, reducing employee contributions to their pensions by 1 percent, raising retirement ages of those under 43, limiting the cost of living increases to pensions and banning employees from using sick or vacation time toward years of service. 

For those reasons, labor unions may mount a legal challenge to the legislation. 

Illinois' pension crisis is considered the worst in the nation, due in large part to years of lawmakers diverting money elsewhere and not making full payments into the funds. 

-Pam DeFiglio, contributing

How local representatives voted:

  • Rep. Fran Hurley (D-Chicago) - Yes
  • Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Evergreen Park) - Yes
  • Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) - Yes
  • Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago) - Yes
  • Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-Chicago) - Yes
See how other Representatives voted here.
Click here for the Senate roll call.
anthony December 04, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Timing is everything !!! However just to be transparent and honest in terms of dealing with reality I am sure as hell gonna check out what this guy has to say ..... http://www.econclub.org/Meetings/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=1f23fbbc-4b1e-4677-8260-dc8e279e5ec4
anthony December 04, 2013 at 01:20 PM
O and now that this mess is settled ... while in past years it was a secret haha joke that i took no offense and while i appreciate "self interest".. I didnt find it amusing in 2008 when it was said about our friggan command and chief.. I do not find it amusing now in 2014 rather disgustingly immorally that someone in IL wants to take a shot at anyone ...

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