Illinois needs to end the third-party payer problem for teacher pensions

By Michael Lucci
03/24/2017
Illinois’ teacher pension system is structured to allow local school boards to agree to generous contracts, knowing taxpayers across the state will foot the bill. This system should change so that local school boards cover their own pension costs. That way, they will bear the full cost of salary increases they decide on, rather than pushing much of that cost onto unaware state taxpayers.

TAGS: education, pensions, teacher salaries, TRS: Teachers’ Retirement System

Taxpayers deserve say in the teachers’ union contracts they pay for

By Mailee Smith
03/21/2017
Negotiations between government-worker unions and governing bodies are conducted behind closed doors, away from public scrutiny. And yet taxpayers are required to pay for whatever extravagant benefits the unions obtain. Recently a bill in the General Assembly would have brought more transparency – and accountability – to the process, but it failed to make it out of committee.

TAGS: education, labor, transparency, unions