At two o’clock this afternoon I will be at the gym. That’s my scheduled workout time with my trainer Mike.
At a little after two o’clock Judge Belz will make public his decision on pension theft and Senate Bill 1.
I will ask trainer Mike if I can check my iPhone for the news and he will be suspicious that my request is just so I don’t have to get down and plank.
I hate those.
So I may not know the decision until three o’clock.
And I won’t be able to post until four or four thirty.
If Judge Belz rules in favor of constitutional law it will be a great victory. Not just for those of us in Illinois public employee pension funds. It will be, as my friend Glen Brown constantly reminds us, a victory for the concept of a society’s moral and legal obligations to its citizens.
I am not so high-minded as my friend Glen.
I will consider it a kick-ass victory over the likes of Mike Madigan, Pat Quinn, State Senator Dan Biss and Representative Elaine Nekritz.
If I see them I will gloat.
It will also be a victory over those in our own ranks who wanted to compromise our pension rights. There were those among our own leaders who thought it was too risky to demand payment in full on what was promised us.
Too risky to challenge Madigan.
Too risky to withdraw political endorsements and campaign contributions.
Too risky to go to court.
Too risky to call out our troops because our leaders are convinced the rank-and-file are too weak and afraid.
But they think everything is too risky.
And if Judge Belz rules against us?
Then the union and association lawyers will take it to the Illinois Supreme Court and we will fight another day.
My friend IEA General Counsel Mitch Roth explained the possible scenarios in an email he sent out yesterday in advance of Judge Belz ruling today.
The other scenarios are not within Mitch’s area of responsibility.
Even when the ISC rules and it rules for us, this is not over.
The Democrats will come at us again with another pension theft scheme that they concoct.
Bruce Rauner is already betting that the courts will rule SB1 illegal.
He’s drawing up plans to convert our defined benefit plan into an investment opportunity for his Wall Street pals.
You know who they are?
They are the ones who contributed to his campaign war chest.
The ones it is rumored are under SEC investigation.
We will talk about this again around 4:30.