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Retirement Security

For decades, Illinois lawmakers have avoided making tough decisions to raise revenue or cut spending by shorting or even skipping required payments to the state’s retirement systems. The members of the systems have always paid their fare share and deserve the benefits they have earned and were promised. Despite that, politicians are eager to put this problem squarely on the backs of union workers and retirees.

Illinois teachers, police, nurses, and other public employees earn modest pensions—an average of just $32,000 per year. Almost 80 percent of them don’t receive Social Security, so their pension is often their only source of retirement income.

The IFT has a long history of fighting for these constitutionally protected benefits that our members, and hundreds of thousands of others, have paid for and were promised. Along with our partners in the We Are One Illinois coalition we will continue this battle in the courts to protect public employee retirement security.



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