The leaders of the Illinois House and Senate have filed a lawsuit over Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of legislative salaries.
Although they're facing budget cuts, universities and community colleges have said they're willing to begin taking on employees' pension costs.
The Illinois House of Representatives has approved a massive overhaul of state pensions.
It's the first time the House has passed such a plan after more than a year of negotiating and many failed attempts.
Illinois Republicans had a theme when they met in Tampa for the Republican National Convention: Fire Madigan.It’s more than a slogan for the state GOP. It’s an all-out marketing campaign against the Illinois House speaker. It includes t-shirts, buttons and even a baby bib that read “Fire Madigan.” The GOP blames Michael Madigan for allowing the state to slide into a fiscal mess. But Madigan said it’s Republicans who are unwilling to do what he called the "heavy lifting."
Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) support a proposal to shift the pension funding burden from the state to local school districts.
But State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said there are good reasons to oppose the plan.
“It's a triple whammy for the districts,” Sullivan said. He pointed out:
1) Local districts would be burdened with the responsibility for a major expense.
2) State financial support for school districts continues to decline.