Lawmaker Says Pension Deal Could Happen Soon

Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Mt. Sterling)

Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Mt. Sterling)

An Illinois House and Senate conference committee will meet tomorrow in Chicago as members try to work out a compromise on the state’s pension problem.
Ten lawmakers, six of them Democrats, make up the panel.  It was formed after a pension deal eluded the General Assembly in the spring.  Republican Jil Tracy of Mount Sterling is among those given the task of coming up with a solution.
The Governor has asked for the committee to wrap it up by June 9th.  Tracy says while that seems like a quick deadline, it’s possible.  She says the issue has been discussed plenty.
Tracy, like the majority on the committee, supported a plan that would unilaterally cut benefits to teachers, state employees and university workers.  But she says that was the only plan that came before the House.  She says she is open to alternatives. 

She spoke with WUIS’ Sean Crawford:

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One Response to Lawmaker Says Pension Deal Could Happen Soon

  1. Today, the committee is discussing the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Transportation, the Historical Society, State Fair Park, an Budget Management and Compensation Reserves. JFC voted unanimously to reject Governor Scott Walker’s $3.7 million plan to take over Circus World Museum, instead maintaining the management structure that has been in place for more than 50 years. The committee also voted down a $12.1 million request by the Department of Administration to cover possible increases in state employee fringe benefits.

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