Active and retired state
employees from across the state are set to
rally in Springfield to fight the push to
undermine our pensions. We
Are One Illinois coalition has organized
two action days on Thursday, January 3 and
Friday, January 4 at the Illinois
Statehouse. Demonstrations are planned
in two shifts on both days along with a rally
in the Rotunda at noon; the morning shift is
from 9:30am - 1pm, and the afternoon shift is
from 11:30am - 4pm. Anyone who is able
to attend is encouraged to do so.
Governor Pat Quinn is pressing the General
Assembly to act on his plan to weaken the public
pension system during the early January
session. His proposal would change the way
the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is
calculated, which would drastically reduce the
benefits to retirees. This plan would also
raise the retirement age and require higher
employee contributions. An additional
provision seeks to shift the burden of teacher
pensions to local property taxes.
The We Are One coalition has found serious
faults with Gov. Quinn's plan and has released a
of its findings. The coalition has
submitted an alternative plan that protects
pensions while addressing the core of the
problem: the State's continued fiscal
irresponsibility and unreliability. You
can view a summary of the proposal here,
which focuses on closing corporate tax
Whether or not you can attend the rally, it is
important to contact your legislators now.
A Talking Points document on corporate tax
loopholes has been created, downloadable here.
Also, We Are One Illinois has a Fact
Sheet available on public pensions.