For instance, the We Are One Illinois coalition of unions, backs Cullerton’s bill over Madigan’s plan.
Cullerton’s plan gives workers and retirees a choice in retirement benefits, but was never called for a House floor vote. Unions say that it’ll better survive a court challenge than Madigan’s plan, which unilaterally cuts benefits. Quinn has supported Madigan’s plan and said Thursday that he wants one that will fully fund the pension system.
Steve Kreisberg, a national pension police director for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said Cullerton’s legislation “is the compromise bill.”
Others who testified included state Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat who reminded lawmakers of his reform plan that includes making the temporary income tax increase permanent to help pay an employee pension costs.