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Senate President Releases Statement on Union Coalition Pension Proposal

Earlier this afternoon, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton released a statement to the press indicating that he’s received a “credible” and “constitutional” pension proposal for consideration from the union coalition. As you know, we have been working closely with President Cullerton in an attempt to negotiate an agreement we can all support.

In response, our We Are One union coalition issued the following statement:

“Our coalition has consistently said that we want to work together with policymakers to address Illinois’ pension funding problem. We appreciate that, over the past several weeks, Senate President John Cullerton opened up dialogue with us, and we have worked diligently with him to find common ground. Today, we presented President Cullerton with a proposal that is both fair and constitutional, and we are heartened that he has responded positively to our efforts.”
Cullerton's statement came a few hours after Speaker Madigan's "mega-bill" zoomed out of a House committee. You can watch IFT President Dan Montgomery's testimony in opposition here.

This pension-slashing bill is likely to be called to the House floor for a vote tomorrow (Thursday).

As discussions with Senate President Cullerton continue this week, it is important that we do everything we can to stop the Madigan bill from advancing. Please click here to call your state representative or call toll-free at 888-412-6570. Benefits didn't cause this problem, and slashing them won't solve it.

Tell your state rep to VOTE NO on House Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 1.

Stay tuned for more developments, and thanks for all that you do. It was great to see so many members making their voices heard at IFT Lobby Day today!



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