Carol Marin with Republican state Rep. Thomas Morrison, University of Chicago professor of law Julie Roin, and president of Illinois Federation of Teachers Dan Montgomery.
I watched the pension discussion on Chicago Tonight.
I’m not sure anyone who was not really invested in the issue stayed with it. It was kind of dry.
What was interesting to me was who was not there.
No Democrat Elaine Nekritz. No Democrat Dan Biss. Or Democrat Don Harmon. Certainly no Mike Madigan or John Cullerton.
These are the leaders of the state House and Senate who led the charge on cutting public employee pension benefits.
And likely will again.
Republican Tom Morrison, who was there, simply repeated his party’s talking points: A constitutional amendment to erase the pension protection clause and changing our defined benefit pension to a 401K.
But Republican solutions are mostly irrelevant.
Unless those solutions get adopted by Democrats.
Morrison plays the useful idiot for Democrats. And, frankly, for our union leaders as well.
By having him as the only politician on the panel, his proposals appear to be the main threat.
And they provide our leadership with a reason to compromise on our constitutional protection, as they did with SB2404.
As they did with their endorsement of ALEC Chair Kirk Dillard for governor and now Pat Quinn.
If, as expected, the Supreme Court rules that Senate Bill 1 is unconstitutional, Plan B will not be coming from Tom Morrison and the Republicans.
It will come from the Democratic Party leadership in the state.
So far, they have been the pension thieves.
What is their Plan B?
They’re not saying.