State Representative Dan Beiser of Alton is not necessarily a fan of a new pension reform plan that was unveiled at the state capitol Wednesday. He says the major stakeholders in the proposal were not at the table during the talks - something he insists must happen if any bill is to gain his support.
It’s backed by more than 20 lawmakers, but Beiser doesn't think there's enough support to ram it through during the lame-duck session in January.
The proposal requires workers to contribute more to their pensions and raises the age at which they can retire. It also lowers the annual cost of living increases for retirees. The plan also calls for school districts to gradually start picking up the tab for teacher pension costs.