Editorial: A Most Difficult Vote

By Sen. Don Harmon This week, I cast the most significant vote of my career. There’s no question it was also the most difficult. In voting for the compromise legislation to address the state’s underfunding of public employee pension systems, my colleagues and I took a giant step toward putting Illinois on firmer fiscal footing. Approval of the pension reform legislation also allows us to … Continue reading Editorial: A Most Difficult Vote

Illinois House and Senate Pass “Unhappy” Pension Reform Bill, Maywood Public School Teachers May Be Smiling Least

By Michael Romain In Springfield yesterday, State Representative Greg Harris, a Democrat representing Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune that it would be “a scary vote for all of us” not long before it was announced that a pension reform bill had passed the Illinois House and Senate by margins of 62-53 and 30-24, respectively. The bill, which Gov. Quinn is eagerly waiting to sign, will … Continue reading Illinois House and Senate Pass “Unhappy” Pension Reform Bill, Maywood Public School Teachers May Be Smiling Least