IL Supreme Court Rules Health Benefits Part of Pension

The IL Supreme Court today ruled that retirement health care benefits within the State pension systems are to be considered part of pension benefits that can not be constitutionally diminished or reduced. Paragraph 40 [Emphasis mine] ~ Although some of the benefits are governed by a group health insurance statute and others are covered by the […]

Legislators Raise Their Pay

By Brady Cremeens As part of the new budget, Illinois legislators will be taking home a fatter paycheck than they have for the past few years. Voting to do away with a 4.6 percent reduction in salary that the legislature instituted in 2011 and renewed each year since, lawmakers will see about $3,100 more in […]

15 Absurb Facts about the 2015 Illinois Budget

The 2015 Illinois budget absurdity and hypocrisy knows few bounds. —————————————————————— But, back to absurdity and hypocrisy. Here are the facts to remember: The state is more than $5 billion behind in paying its bills. It has the worst credit rating of any state. It has the worst unfunded pension liability of any state. There […]

IL Senate Seeks to Restrict FOIA Watchdogs

A bill that has already passed the Illinois House (HB3769) is now in the IL Senate.  It seeks to make the requesting of FOIA (Freedom of Information) more cumbersome for the requestor.  Here is the overview from the Citizen Advocacy Center: The voluminous request provisions: May be utilized by the public body if more than […]

Dem State Rep Wants Trial Delayed to Vote on Tax Increase

The trial for State Rep. Derrick Smith started this week in spite of his requests to delay the trial so he could vote on budgets and the possible vote on making the temporary tax increase permanent.  The judge refused.  U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman refused last week a defense request to delay the trial […]

Legislative Update

2015 Budget House passed a budget of $35.7 Billions using accounting gimmicks of borrowing from other funds, delaying payment for some bills and relying on revenue increases that don’t exist (i.e. tax increase that they can’t get passed now. Remember, a vote for a budget that spends than they have is the same as voting […]

Indicted for a Felony; Bump Your Pension

In what has to be one of the most disgusting examples of how the Illinois Pension system is setup, State Rep Kieth Farnham was charged with child pornography. So what did he do?  He paid into GARS for 2014 to make sure he had a full 6 years to base his retirement on.  That is […]

Cabello legislation targets pension loopholes brought to light by ex-lawmaker Farnham

When loopholes in current Illinois law allow for an ex-state lawmaker who is currently facing federal criminal charges for the most repulsive crimes to not only collect taxpayer-funded pension checks, but also to buy a last-minute retirement sweetener for time he didn’t work, alarm bells should be going off around the state. Believe it or […]

Editorial: Madigan and Democrats Tax Increase Attempts

We are now in the final week of the normal Legislative Session.  The House under Michael Madigan and Democrat control have passed 72 spending bills and so far all of them anticipate making the 2011 “temporary” tax increase permanent.  He also continues to put a so called millionaire tax on the ballot for November. Madigan […]

Madigan: It’s Rauner’s Fault

We keep hearing from DC Democrats that it’s all Bush’s fault even though he hasn’t been President for nearly 6 years.  When that doesn’t work they resort to you’re a racist. Speaker Michael Madigan has now taken a novel approach here in Illinois that it is all Bruce Rauner’s fault even though he hasn’t even […]