Pension Crisis

Broad Alliance Opposes IL Public-Pension Amendment

The measure is seen as providing cover to politicians without fixing the mess

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SPRINGFIELD — Opposition to a proposed pension-related constitutional amendment that will go before Illinois voters Nov. 6 is creating strange bedfellows — from public employee unions to good-government groups that agree the question is not worthy of a change to the state's constitution and does nothing to address the pension crisis.

Groups opposed to the amendment are numerous and come from all walks of life. It's no surprise that public-employee unions from Chicago to Cairo are opposed to the amendment, which requires a three-fifths majority vote before any public body can approve a pension benefit increase.