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Pension “Committee of Ten” meets tomorrow in Chicago. Come on down.

June 26, 2013

After Governor Squeezy’s failed attempt at forcing a pension bill out of the legislature a few weeks ago, The Madman and Senate President Cullerton set up a Committee of Ten to try and reach a compromise between the House’s horrible SB1 and the Senate’s SB24o4. SB2404 was the bill that was supported by the We Are One coalition of state public employee unions.

By most accounts and predictions, nobody really expects SB1, or anything like it, it survive a court challenge.

There is less certainty about SB2404. But SB2404 no longer looks like it has a future life. Not because I opposed it, Lord knows. But because The Madman, out of his own political self-interest, wouldn’t let it come to a vote in the House.

The concern is that any compromise coming from this Committee – a Committee heavy with pension bombers – may still look a lot like SB1.

Tomorrow, Thursday, the Committee of Ten will meet in open session.

It is legislative committee that is charged with developing a pension proposal capable of passing both the Illinois House and Senate.

I plan to attend, along with other active and retired teachers. This is a public meeting. I do not think they will take public testimony. But a large presence of active and retired teachers will be a strong statement.

The Committee of Ten will meet at 11AM in room C-600, at the State of Illinois’ Bilandic Building, located at 160 North LaSalle Street, across from the Thompson Center. It is very convenient to the Blue, Pink, Orange and Green lines of the CTA and a short walk from the Red and Brown lines.

I have been told that the room is not large, so if you are planning to join me, you should plan to arrive a little early.

Please circulate this information to your colleagues and encourage any who can attend to do so.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jake permalink
    June 26, 2013 10:47 am

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013

    Illinois pension reform is a defilement of both Constitutions
    “No State shall…pass any…ex post facto law or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts…” (The Constitution of the United States, Article 1—Limitations on Powers of States, Section 10).

    “No ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts…shall be passed” (The Constitution of the State of Illinois, Article I—Bill of Rights, Section 16).

    “Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired” (The Constitution of the State of Illinois, Article XIII—Pension and Retirement Rights, Section 5).

    “Each prospective holder of a State office or other State position created by this Constitution, before taking office, shall take and subscribe to the following oath or affirmation: ‘I do solemnly swear (affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of…to the best of my ability’” (The Constitution of the State of Illinois, Article XIII—Oath or Affirmation of Office, Section 3).

    Dear Illinois Legislator:

    Please take the time to read 12 pragmatic and legal reasons to reject Illinois pension reform. Thank you.

    Posted by Glen Brown at 6:20 AM

    As a footnote.

    From a historical perspective.

    The federal founding fathers decided that they did not want the states to be able to break contracts. At the time of the writing of the United States Constitution the states legislators were allowing contracts to be voided for their own self interest and that of their friends. Sound familiar.

    What is going on is really a federal issue and will be decided by the United States Supreme Court or a lower federal court. The state courts are only a part of the journey.

    But it will be interesting to see if Illinois is rotten to the core.

    Jake

  2. jo morrison permalink
    June 29, 2013 9:52 pm

    Jake, Please post the 12 pragmatic and legal reasons. Thanks for supporting the Constitution and our pension situation. Apparently our legislators haven’t read the Constitution?! I believe it is part of their oath of office to uphold and abide by it. Could you post that section as a quote as well, just in case any of them read this and could be enlightened. Did they miss the memo; or…. why are they even having these discussions???

    • jo morrison permalink
      June 29, 2013 9:53 pm

      Duh. Jake, you already quoted the oath of office section. Sorry about that!

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