We are writing to urge readers to VOTE NO on the Constitutional Amendment to the Illinois Constitution, which will be on the ballot for the upcoming election. Clause 1 of the proposed amendment reads:
"No bill, except a bill for appropriation, that provides a benefit increase under any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit or local government or school district or an agency thereof, shall become law without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members of the General Assembly."
This amendment does not address pension reform, as its supporters claim. It restricts the ability of over 7,000 units of local government to make their own decisions and denies simple majority rule, a tenet of our state and our nation. It identifies a single group and a single issue, calling for that group and that issue to be treated differently than any other. This is discrimination, not equal protection under the law, and it is definitely not pension reform.
As annuitants of SURS and TRS, we oppose this Constitutional Amendment. Its language is virtually incomprehensible for the average voter and, if you can't understand it (we cannot), don't vote for it! This is especially true when it will become a permanent part of the Illinois Constitution.
We believe that this amendment will cost Illinois Taxpayers more than $70 million and will be litigated in our courts for years to come.
We urge you to VOTE NO! to the proposed Constitutional Amendment.
Patricia Bauhs, MaryAnne Fitzpatrick, Kathleen Stewart
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