A proposed constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority vote to increase public pensions is one vote away from getting onto the November ballot in Illinois, while Republicans argue it doesn’t go far enough.
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An Illinois Senate committee approved the idea of a three-fifths vote, rather than a simple majority. State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) pointed out that with rare exception, the vote to increase a pension is overwhelmingly in favor and that raising the bar from “50 percent plus one” to 60 percent makes very little difference.
House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), arguing in favor of the resolution, said even union leaders recognize the need for change in the pension system.
HJRCA 49 has passed the Senate Executive Committee.