SPRINGFIELD-- The Illinois Senate has passed a pension bill, with a vote mostly along party lines.
The bill is the result of a compromise between the public employee unions and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), who says this pension bill is the best option.
“This framework is not a broken promise. This is not a unilateral reduction in people’s benefits. We are telling folks they can keep their pension promise, if they want to,” Cullerton said.
The measure gives pension beneficiaries a choice between keeping free retiree health care, or a cost-of-living adjustment.
Republicans argued that a pension bill that passed the House last week would save the state more money. That measure may not be constitutional, but opponents in the Senate said the bill considered there today comes with no guarantee of constitutionality either.
“It’s interesting to me that Sen. (Kwame) Raoul (D-Chicago) is an attorney. Sen. (Matt) Murphy (R-Palatine) is an attorney. Clearly they disagree. But more importantly, Sen. Cullerton is an attorney. Speaker (Mike) Madigan is an attorney. And clearly they disagree. It is not our job to be the judiciary,” Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) said.