The pension reform bill is headed to Governor Quinn. Both the House and Senate passed the bill Tuesday, to the dismay of union leaders. They say the bill strips them of their constitutionally guaranteed pension benefits. The union leaders have vowed to challenge the plan in court but supporters of the deal aren’t concerned.
House Speaker Michael Madigan says he’s confident the plan will stand in court. Several lawmakers sided with union leaders. Locally, Senators Bill Haine, Andy Manar and Sam McCann voted against the bill in the Senate, and House members Dan Beiser, Dwight Kay and C.D. Davidsmeyer also voted no. Some members called the deal morally corrupt and said lawmakers were robbing hardworking people of their hard earned benefits.