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Pension Reform Passes General Assembly

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Just a short post today. The Southern Illinoisan reports that police and firefighter pension reform passed the Illinois Senate. The House passed the bill Tuesday.

The consensus seems to be that the bill makes some improvements but doesn’t go far enough. The Southern Illinoisan quotes Mayor Cole:

“What we get is probably not going to be what we were hoping for,” said Carbondale Mayor Brad Cole, who has served as the lead negotiator for Illinois municipalities in these pension debates. “But the situation is so desperate, that even if we get halfway, it will provide some relief to cities that are going broke, trying to meet these unfunded mandates.”

Mayor Bob Butler of Marion is even less satisfied. From the Southern Illinoisan article:

“The burden on municipalities, the way the legislation is set up now, is intolerable,” Butler said. “Even with revisions, this is still going to be intolerable.”

Personally, I’m surprised the General Assembly was able to pass any pension reform at all. We’ll see in time whether it was enough.

Comments are welcome.


Written by The Carbondale Observer

December 3, 2010 at 7:45 am

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  1. Only one way to solve this problem, every fire and police employee needs to take up smoking and drinking ASAP. They are just plain living too long. When you let people retire at 50 for full pay and benefits, it isn’t bad if they live to 55 or 60. Now police and fire departments are living a healthier lifestyle and living to 75, like everyone else.

    Save Illinois, buy a police officer a drink and smoke! Notice, no 🙂 here.


    December 4, 2010 at 7:45 pm

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