IEA and Others Fear What 'Pension Reform' Will Mean



Springfield - The pension backlog, a project that costs the state billions of dollars.

As lawmakers move closer to an agreement on pension reform, others are in total disagreement with what is proposed.

Teachers, administrators, and others could see their retirements altered, and the president of the Illinois Educators Association told WAND News that is unacceptable.

"This will be devastating.  To not just teachers, but to over 700,000 people.  Not only is this affecting people who are still currently teaching, but it would also affect who are already retired, who do not have a way to go back and make up the difference in what would be cut," said IEA President Cinda Klickna.

One lawmaker agrees.

"What they're trying to do on some of those kinds of things is making some of us nervous that they might change that a lot.  Everybody is counting on that when they retire, the teachers tend to get a little bit more, but at the end of the day, they end up getting a little bit less just for the fact that they're not getting any social security," said Springfield state representative Raymond Poe.

While lawmakers enjoy their break from the capitol this week, it's all business when they return next week.


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