Illinois Senate approves scaled-back pension plan; Affects only working teachers
1 month, 4 weeks ago
After first rejecting a comprehensive set of pension changes, the Illinois Senate Wednesday approved a pension proposal that would affect only working teachers.
Following the series of votes, Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said he will continue to push for a “comprehensive package” of pension reforms, while acknowledging the bill passed by the Senate Wednesday — which he sponsored — addresses only a piece of the issue.
A far more comprehensive bill, Senate Bill 35, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, was rejected by the Senate on a 23-30 vote.
On the first try, Cullerton’s bill fell one vote short of the 30 needed for approval. However, it passed on a second attempt, after Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, switched his vote from “present” to “yes.”
Senators Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, Sam McCann, R-Carlinville, and John Sullivan, D-Rushville, voted against both the Biss and Cullerton bills. Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, voted in favor of the Biss bill and against the Cullerton bill.