When I became Senate President I took an oath to uphold the constitution and I made a promise to make the Senate an open chamber where member legislation gets a fair hearing. Anyone following the issue of pension reform can confirm that I have honored those commitments this session.
I personally have worked to craft reform proposals that might satisfy the constitution and while achieving considerable savings. To date the Senate has worked to pass five different pieces of legislation designed to reform our systems within the confines of the constitution. Not one of these plans was brought to the House floor for a vote.
My preference for adhering to the plain language of the constitution hasn’t prevented me from working with other leaders who interpret the pension clause differently. That’s been evidenced by the fact that I refused to block votes on opposing pension plans.
I crafted a compromise plan that would have made unilateral cuts the law while including a default constitutional savings plan. I then voted for a second plan and sponsored a third plan to impose unilateral cuts pension benefits.
As Senate President, I could have buried those proposals to satisfy my personal political philosophy. That is not why I am Senate President and that is not how I lead.
The Senate has spoken repeatedly and consistently on pension reform. Still, this issue is not resolved. I am committed to staying at the table until a comprehensive solution is passed into law. I invite Governor Quinn, Speaker Madigan and all leaders of the General Assembly to continue with me.
Knuckleheaded wrote:At times I suspect that crafty, sly Mad Mike Madigan deliberately crafted the SB1 bill knowing full well that it sounded good, but would never pass a vote or meet constitutional muster. That way he can project the image that he did all he could, while avoiding controversy and angering the unions as his daughter contemplates running for Governor.
But that smacks of paranoia on my part. Oh wait, that's my pension that they're effing with! Perhaps my paranoia is well deserved.
Knuckleheaded wrote:Thank you for your empathy easy.
easylivin wrote:The idiot democrats in Springfield finally got something done. Concealed and Carry is now a reality. Could pension reform be next?
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca ... 6935.story
The FY 12 total revenue projections are estimated to be at $31,875,000.
Knuckleheaded wrote:The FY 12 total revenue projections are estimated to be at $31,875,000.
Hey! There's a source for some of the diverted pension funds that have been given to other line items for the past 40 years. Will it go to the police pension fund at least?
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