Chicago Tribune: Cullerton said that legislators aren’t going to cut their own benefits and then “let teachers off the hook.”
Dear Senator Cullerton-
We can talk about who’s been letting who off the hook when it takes Springfield legislators like yourself at least 35 years of service to earn your full pension benefit. Unlike Springfield legislators, this has always been the practice for teachers.
We can talk about who is letting who off the hook once Springfield legislators like yourself get used to paying for your retirement healthcare which until recently has been free after a whole four years of service. Unlike Springfield legislators, every teacher for quite some time has contributed both in premium in retirement and through a paycheck deduction as an active teacher for retirement healthcare.
And we can talk about who’s been letting who off the hook when legislative leaders in Springfield like yourself own up to the key roles in legislating new pension perks to spike their very own pensions repeatedly over the years as you have.
Until then, have the common decency not to condescend to tell teachers who’s been let off the hook.