Lawmakers say their plan to strip two union members of their government pensions is unconstitutional and they plan to reinstate the benefits. A House committee approved a measure yesterday that will allow the union leaders to keep their benefits after substitute teaching for just one day. It will also allow Chicago union leaders to double dip into several pension systems at the same time.
House Bill 3813, which lawmakers sent to Governor Quinn two weeks ago, would have prohibited that. All three Republicans on the committee voted against the idea to restore benefits. The measure is expected to come up for a vote on the House floor today.