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Illinois’ 101st General Assembly can be leaders in pension reform by passing a constitutional amendment that allows for changes to future, unearned benefits.
There’s a lot of talk about renewed bipartisanship and a new day in Springfield. Dozens of state lawmakers have already opted out of the pension system. The General Assembly should take the lead and phase out their own defined-benefit system and get to work on a constitutional fix for the rest of Illinois’ pension mess.
Former lawmakers receive generous benefits from the state’s worst-run retirement fund.
House Bill 5760 would stop lawmakers’ scheduled cost-of-living adjustment. Illinois lawmakers are the fifth-highest paid state lawmakers in the nation.
House members won't return to the Statehouse until the second week of April.
House Bill 4273 would eliminate a loophole in state law that allows lawmakers to receive a month's pay for a day of work.
The cost of getting lawmakers to Springfield alone will run taxpayers $21,000 per day.
Former state Sen. Michael Noland is suing for back pay after the General Assembly nixed cost-of-living adjustments and forced furlough days.
House members have spent as much time playing softball and basketball as they have in session since the beginning of May.
Illinois House Bill 4039 would reveal publicly the names of state lawmakers who haven’t filed their state tax returns.