Of the men running for governor in Illinois, only two of them have a vote in the legislature. The pension restructuring bill is expected up for a vote Tuesday, though not everyone is ready. “We’ve been dealing with this issue for four years,” State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) said, adding all of the elements of the plan have been discussed thoroughly. He says any call for delay is just an excuse to vote no.
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“I've voted for major pension reform before,” said State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) “but this is the real final passage, and I want to know why we are diminishing the requirements of those who would benefit from the retirement systems.” Dillard joins Brady and two others on the Republican ticket for governor. Financier Bruce Rauner and state Treasurer Dan Rutherford have both come out against the bill, but not beyond prepared statements.
Rauner says the bill was drawn up in secret – which strictly speaking is true, though the legislative dealers were dealing with well-aired concepts, and their agreement was publicized moments after it was reached – and doesn’t save enough money anyway; Rutherford says he doubts it meets constitutional standards.