And the money comes from where?
Govt employees being the only ones getting raises and more benefits has an end at some point.
No raises for government employees? So after 30 years I would still be making $13,000 a year. Man. People will be knocking down the doors to become teachers at that salary.
Please think about what you just wrote…..Who will be left to pay…you dumb shit!!!
-Wake up people
Although I have to kind of read between the lines here, I think what you are getting at is that all the rich people will leave Chicago if we stop putting the tax burden on poor folks and stop letting the rich off easy.
I don’t know if the rich will all leave.
I have noticed that a lot of rich people leave Chicago in August for their summer homes. It seems that this opens up a lot of parking spaces and it is easier to get a reservation at many of the better restaurants in town.
Not that I can afford to eat at any of them on my pension.
I’ve lost all patience with trolls like this individual who calls himself / herself “Anonymous.” If “Anonymous” is this person’s first name, surely his or her surname is “Ignoramus.” I’m taking this “little” shot at all the Anonymous Ignoramuses who, out of sheer envy, would love to destroy the incomes and lives of tens of thousands of Illinois’ state retirees:
Dear Anonymous Ignoramuses,
The stench of your pension envy is so thick and overpowering that even a gas mask with a respirator is of no use. You benefited from a low state income tax because our lawmakers and governors, Republicans and Dems, in effect, used Illinois’ five pension systems as a credit card to keep your state taxes low in order to pay for the services you demanded over the decades. You ought to be ashamed, you damned hypocrites. You want to deny pensions to people who’ve played by the rules and earned them. You have no clue about how the pension systems are financed; you have no clue about how the pension systems function. You know jack-s*#t. The red-hot iron rods of envy, ignorance, and self-righteousness poked your eyes out and utterly blinded you.
Teachers and other public employees played by the rule of law as stated in the State Constitution, Illinois’ governors and lawmakers didn’t. Now you want to punish teachers for playing by that rule but let the real “evildoers” off the hook.. “Truth, Justice, the American Way, you damned hypocrites!!! Rules and laws obviously mean nothing to you and you’re willing to violate them because you’re green with blind envy and rage. Damn you!!!
None of you had the guts to enter a classroom to become teachers or to become state workers who clean up after your messes because the pay, the prestige, or the working conditions were beneath your dignity. You weren’t envious then. You sniveling, whining, little, envious brats who are now pouncing on teachers and other state workers because they’re getting something that they’ve earned and you didn’t. Your envy eats at you. You’re behaving like whiny, petulant little children — “Johnny has a toy that I don’t have… I WANT that toy!!! Whaaaa… Whaaaa… Grow up!!! Damn you for being so petty and infantile!
Not you but public employees are the scapegoats and genuine victims in a cruel game perpetrated by your political class, your corporate media, and the millionaires and billionaires, all 30,000 of them in the State of Illinois. Teachers weren’t responsible for the State’s financial mess; nor are they fleecing you. The billionaire class that you worship like golden idols, their handmaidens in Springfield, and the editorial board of the Tribune are not only fleecing you, but pitting you against state workers, while shrieking with deliriously evil laughter all the way to the bank because they can count on suckers like you to do their dirty work.
It’s called “divide and conquer,” but your blind envy, ignorance, and feigned self-righteousness prevent you from discovering that you’re being played like a fiddle by the power and financial elite of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club and others of their ilk. For reasons I don’t understand, you identify with them, but you’ll never be a member of that exclusive club. You’re not rich enough and never will be if they have their way. You’re just their reliable tools, pawns in their relentless war against public employees. …And you’re falling for it! What do you expect to gain from kissing the lower parts of your billionaire masters’ anatomies?
Your true enemies are too many of your lawmakers and that King Midas anal orifice that now sits in the Governor’s Mansion with a reported income of a cool $58 million for 2014, his nine mansions, and his $100 thousand buck wine club who refuses to deal with the real Illinois crisis. It’s called “revenue” which means that he may have to pay a little more in taxes, but he doesn’t want to do that. Instead, he wants you to pay the price and to destroy Illinois’ unions, devour you, your family, and the entire middle class, so that he can exceed that $58 million next year. You miserable, ignorant, envious worms are aiding and abetting the Rauners of this world to make your destruction and everyone else’s a fait accompli. Damn you! A thousand times.. Damn you!!!