Last May, Park Ridge Democratic Senator Dan Kotowski meets with District 64 teachers and promises to protect pensions.
I have previously shared the story of a late Friday night phone call from Senator Dan Kotowski who attacked me for publishing a post saying he had voted for last year’s pension cutting bill, HB512.
I had published no such story.
Teachers at one of our schools had found a list of senators who had voted for HB512 when it was a shell bill, an empty bill to be filled in later, which Kotowski had voted in favor of. The ethics of all that I will leave for others to debate for now.
When sixty Region 36 teachers went to Springfield on May 2 to lobby for our pensions, Kotowski came out to greet us, get a photo op and pledge his support.
It was a lie.
From yesterday’s Sun-Times.
It’s time for the House to vote on HB1447, the pension reform bill passed by the Senate that reduces benefits to politicians; prevents future pension abuse, and protects the investment of retired state employees. Action on this bill will save taxpayers an estimated $31 billion over the coming decades.For too long, legislators from both sides of the aisle avoided making tough decisions regarding Illinois’ pension obligations and allowed the state’s pension liability to balloon to unsustainable levels.
The interest payment on this massive pension liability drains billions of dollars from the state’s budget, which takes resources from vital programs. The pension liability puts the state’s credit rating at risk, lowering the state’s bond rating and hamstringing our ability to attract outside investment.
In Illinois, our chickens have come home to roost. Springfield can no longer postpone the tough decision that it has been avoiding for years. The time for pension funding reform is now. HB 1447, passed by the Senate, is another crucial step toward reducing Illinois’ pension obligation, but the House has not called the bill for a vote.
Speaker Madigan, we cannot afford to wait. The House needs to act now. Call the bill, Mr. Speaker. Call the bill.
State Sen. Dan Kotowski
HB1447 ia one of a number of bills that treats the issue of public employee pensions as a benefit issue rather than a funding issue. It cuts benefits to state employee pensions.
It passed the Senate in the last session, but not the House.
No late night phone calls this time, Senator Kotowski. Your letter. Your name at the bottom.
You bought it. You own it.