CBS: “The bill would reduce annual cost-of-living increases for public employees, such as state workers, university staff and downstate teachers. It also gradually makes public schools and universities pay the cost of retirement benefits for their employees, as Chicago schools already do. It would also shift pension costs for public schools from the state to local school districts, which would be forced to raise property taxes to fund pension costs that are now picked up by the state. That provision is not sitting well with some Republican and downstate Democratic lawmakers.”
Rep Bost, IL: “Total power in one person’s hands, not the American way! These damn bills that come out here all the damn time, come out here at the last second! You should be ashamed of yourselves! I’m sick of it! Every year! We give power to one person! It was not made that way in the Constitution! He was around when it was written! Now we give him, we’ve passed rules that stop each one of us! Enough! I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt! Let my people go!.”
Illinois is broke, listed in top 10 most unemployed by Statista for April, in May top 10 for gas prices, 2011 sales tax was #1 in the country…, and they want to squeeze private citizens for even more to make life comfortable for public employees.