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Four Republicans want a pension crisis fix to be more far-reaching while one of six Democrats wants more concessions to unions
Four Republicans want a pension crisis fix to be more far-reaching. One of six Democrats wants more concessions to unions.
With the Illinois legislature’s fall veto session a week away, an Associated Press survey of a special 10-member committee tasked with finding a solution to the state’s enormous public pension shortfall found that half the members, all Democrats, support a recently proposed plan estimated to save about $138 billion. The other half — a key Democrat and all four Republicans — say they still have major concerns.
A partisan split is developing as Republicans — three of whom are running for higher office next year — are demanding more information on additional cost-cutting measures they’re seeking, which could take weeks.
“We know the Democrats can’t pass this on their own,” said Republican Sen. Bill Brady. “Unfortunately I don’t see anything happening legislatively for at least four weeks at the earliest.”
But with the committee serving as a microcosm of the General Assembly and its struggle over the issue, a Democratic senator, Linda Holmes, also has yet to come on board.
By law, the full legislature cannot consider the emerging proposal unless it is signed by six of the committee’s 10 members. Here is a breakdown of where committee members stand:
Rep. Jil Tracy, Quincy
Tracy, who is campaigning for lieutenant governor as Sen. Kirk Dillard’s running mate, says the proposed committee plan “wasn’t going where I needed it to be.” Tracy acknowledges a need for urgency but said she wants a guarantee that future legislatures will meet required payments.
“I’m willing to keep at the table so we keep doing this,” she said. “But it has to be something that’s solvent and sustainable.”