August 23, 2012

No Pension Changes Passed During Special Session

(Photo courtesy International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers)
Governor Quinn showed his support for International Association of Machinists
and Aerospace Workers in Joliet recently (above), but he also has been
criticized by State employees unions for pushing pension changes.
DURING THE Illinois House of Representatives' special session to expel State Representative Derrick Smith, Governor Patrick Quinn wanted the House to vote on pension changes for State employees, including those at UIC. No agreement was reached, and no changes were enacted.

THE HOUSE decided not to address University and teacher pensions, and debated only a provision that would have scaled back legislators’ pensions. But even that failed to come to a vote due to lack of support.

HAD A bill passed the House, it would have been weeks before it was even addressed by the Senate, as that body was not in session.

EXPERTS NOW speculate that nothing will be done about changing Illinois State and University employee pensions until after the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election.

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