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June 28, 2013

Pension panel's 1st hearing has familiar testimony


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.

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