In his budget address, Governor Pat Quinn, said three-quarters of Illinois' pension burden is for people who don't work for the state. It covers some of the pension costs for teachers and others who are employees of local government bodies.
State Senator John Sullivan (D-47) said the state must bring all the stakeholders to the negotiating table to find a long-term solution to funding pensions.
The largest public employees union in Illinois said Governor Pat Quinn is a hypocrite and its members took their complaint to the state Capitol one day after the governor gave his State of the State speech.
AFSCME said Quinn's announcements of new programs don't square with his stance that Illinois is too broke to afford union pay raises.
The union represents prison guards, welfare counselors, and thousands of clerical and administrative state employees.
AFSCME said it's time for Quinn to change his mind and pay the raises state workers were guaranteed.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his State of the State speech to the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday. Here is the text of the full speech:
President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, Leaders Radogno and Cross, Attorney General Madigan, Secretary White, Comptroller Topinka, Treasurer Rutherford, Members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests and fellow citizens of Illinois, I'm here today to report to you on the state of our state.