My thanks to Representatives La Shawn K. Ford and Camille Lilly for voting against the pension theft bill that just passed both houses and will be signed into law by Governor Quinn. I don't know how they made their decisions, but however sweet the siren song to pass the bill and be done with it, I believe they made the tough, but correct vote.
In the Dec. 4 issue of the Wednesday Journal, State Senator Don Harmon wrote that he preferred "the original Senate model supported by many public workers directly affected." That was the key reason to vote against the theft bill that just passed. Those workers had to pay into their pension plan as a condition of employment, and they did.
For decades, the Illinois State Legislature failed to meet its obligation to the workers' pension plans and now has voted to steal from the workers under the guise of reform.
We need pension reform. This involves our legislature making the payments that it has agreed to as a condition of employment.