The “point person” on pensions in the Illinois House says there’s some to like – and some not to like – in a new proposal that relies on making the state’s income tax 5 percent permanently.   State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook, pictured) says the new bill “raises the retirement age immediately and asks employees to pay more; while I disagree about the immediacy of raising everybody to (a retirement age of) 67, whether you’re 35 or you’re 59½, there are places where, obviously, we have some similar policy goals,” she said.
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Nekritz has doubts about the viability of dedicating 2 percentage points of the 5 percent state income tax, but says one thing is probably not in doubt: any pension bill which passes in Illinois will wind up in court.
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