Labor-Backed Research
5:37 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Study: Pension Reform Proposal Flawed

The authors of a new study say a proposal to fix Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension shortfall would undermine the retirement security of government employees

The study also said the proposal would make it tougher for schools to attract qualified teachers.

80% of projected savings from their proposal are wrung from retired teachers, professors, and other public servants
Credit Rich Egger

The study was released Wednesday.  It was co-authored by an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the director of the Keystone Research Center, a labor-affiliated research group. 

Keystone's Stephen Herzenberg said the pension proposal that was backed by several Illinois university presidents relies too much on cutting retirees' annual cost-of-living increases.

“80% of projected savings from their proposal are wrung from retired teachers, professors, and other public servants,” said Herzenberg.  “The longer these retirees live into retirement, the harder it will be for them to make ends meet.” 

The plan is being considered by a bipartisan conference committee trying to address the pension problem.

But committee members have said it's just a framework for their discussions and will likely be tweaked.