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Court rules Illinois pension cuts unconstitutional
A court ruled Nov. 21 that the pension clause of the state Constitution is absolute in its protection of public pensions, and legislation reducing the pensions of active and retired teachers, state employees and university employees is unconstitutional.
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Latest developments in pension litigation
The Sangamon County Circuit Court has decided to take up motions filed by our coalition and other plaintiffs who argue that the Pension Protection Clause renders SB 1 unconstitutional. Oral argument on the motions is set for Nov. 21.
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BREAKING: Court Grants Union Coalition's Request to Stay Implementation of Pension Changes
The Sangamon County Circuit Court granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) and a preliminary injunction, as requested by the We Are One Illinois coalition and its plaintiffs, halting the implementation of Senate Bill 1 (Public Act 98-599).
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Coalition Seeks Injunction to Halt Implementation of Pension Theft Legislation
The We Are One Illinois coalition of unions filed a motion for a full injunction to stop the implementation of pension theft legislation, Senate Bill 1. Read more here.
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UPDATED: Legislation Cutting IMRF Pensions Has Been Tabled!
The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is a well-funded retirement system, but some House lawmakers want to take away the only inflation protection that IMRF retirees have. HB 3898, HA 1 has been tabled for now, but we will stay vigilant!
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We Are One Illinois Files Suit to Overturn Pension-Theft Law
Seeking to overturn pension-slashing Senate Bill 1, the We Are One Illinois coalition and a group of active and retired public employees filed suit today—Tuesday, Jan. 28—in Sangamon County Circuit Court in Springfield.
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Fight Misinformation on SB 1!
Backers of SB 1 don't have their facts straight. View our talking points here to sort the truth from fiction. Let's hold lawmakers who voted for SB 1 and other supporters accountable for their bad positions.
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Governor Quinn Signs Pension-Cutting SB 1 -- Union Coalition Will Sue
Gov. Quinn signed SB 1 behind closed doors today. Our coalition is preparing to file a lawsuit. Read our reaction here.
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Illinois Legislature Passes Pension-Slashing SB 1, Awaits Governor's Signature
The Illinois legislature passed pension-slashing SB 1 today. It now awaits the Governor's signature. See how your lawmakers voted here.
Oppose the Leaders' Extreme Pension Scheme!
Details have been released on the legislative leaders' extreme, pension-slashing scheme. It's nearly the same as the pension-cutting mega-bill, Senate Bill 1, that we fought this spring. See the details -- and coalition fact sheets -- here!
Coalition Responds to News of Legislative Leaders' Pension Deal
The four legislative leaders have agreed to a pension deal. No details are available, but early reports say it will reduce COLAs, raise retirement ages, and expand 401(k)'s. This "deal" appears likely to resemble pension-cutting mega-bill SB 1.
Red Alert! Pension Emergency Days Set
Call your legislators on November 25-26 and December 2-3 -- and join us for action in legislative districts on December 2 -- to oppose the new pension-slashing bill under development and being prepared for a December 3 vote!
Coalition Urges Governor to Veto Chicago Park District Bill (SB 1523)
The legislature did not vote on legislation affecting state retirement systems in veto session, but it did pass deep, unfair, illegal cuts to pensions of Chicago Park District employees and retirees. Our coalition calls on Gov. Quinn to veto SB 1523.
Act to Oppose the Draft Conference Committee Proposal!
The Illinois legislature may return to vote on an unfair, illegal pension bill in December. Watch this post for details on draft plans or formal bills being considered. For the moment, call to oppose the draft conference committee proposal!
Coalition Responds to Corporate Push for More Tax Breaks
Even as the state considers slashing pensions and struggles to pay off old bills and obligations, the General Assembly is reviewing legislation to open brand new corporate tax loopholes for big companies.
Conference Committee Bill Outline Leaked
The conference committee on pensions is looking to cut cost-of-living adjustments -- among other benefit cuts -- as they draft a new pension bill. The coalition responds strongly against unfair, unconstitutional benefit reductions in a press statement.
Opposition Mounts to Parts of IGPA Plan Pushed by University Presidents and Used as Outline by Conference Committee
The IGPA plan cuts COLAs almost as deeply as SB 1, imposes a partial defined-contribution plan onto new hires, and shifts costs onto universities (with school districts potentially to follow). Learn more here.
UPDATED: Quinn Vetoes Legislators' Pay; Madigan, Cullerton Sue and Win over Constitutionality in Lower Court, but Quinn Will Appeal Ruling
The We Are One Illinois union coalition reminds lawmakers that the entirety of the Illinois Constitution deserves to be upheld -- including the rights of public employees and retirees, whose retirement benefits have strong constitutional protection.
UPDATED: Coalition Calls for Investigation into Corporate CEOs Who Lobbied for Illinois Bond Downgrades
The same corporate CEO group that wants to slash pensions may have also lobbied to downgrade Illinois' bond ratings. The head of the group, who once claimed responsibility, now he says he misspoke. Where does the truth lie?
Legislature Forms "Conference Committee" -- Sign Our Petition and Take Action!
The Illinois General Assembly has formed a "conference committee" to develop pension legislation this summer. Read more here about how you can tell the committee to adopt SB 2404 unchanged and to explore ideas beyond cutting modest pensions!
Elected officials demand House floor vote on original, Senate-passed SB 2404
A bipartisan group of 28 elected officials—including Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka—released a statement urging a House floor vote on the original Senate Bill 2404 as developed by Senate President Cullerton and We Are One Illinois.
How to fix the Illinois pension problem fairly, together
There's a fair solution to the Illinois pension problem -- Senate Bill 2404. It would save the state $32 billion immediately and $134 billion over 30 years. It’s fair to workers and retirees, constitutional, and has strong bipartisan support.
Thank Senators Who Voted Right on Pensions, Tell Lawmakers to Demand a Vote on SB 2404 in Special Session!
This post contains simple tools you can use to write to your state senator, send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, and call your lawmakers toll-free now. Special session on pensions is June 19, so take action today!
Legislature Adjourns: Senate Overwhelmingly Rejects SB 1 -- But SB 2404 Denied a Full House Vote
Speaker Michael Madigan's pension-cutting mega-bill -- Senate Bill 1 -- failed on a 17-41 vote in the Senate, but the Speaker refused to allow a vote on the coalition's bill, SB 2404. Read more here.
Momentum for SB 2404 Builds in Media
Coalition leaders have been building support for SB 2404 in the press in recent days -- and an influential editorial board has joined them. Read more about why SB 2404 is the legislature's best chance for a reasonable, legal, and responsible pension fix.
Retiree Groups and National Affiliates Announce Support for SB 2404
Groups representing retired public employees as well as national and international union affiliates have come out in support of SB 2404. Find their endorsements here.
Senate Strongly Approves SB 2404 -- Awaits Action in House
The We Are One Illinois union coalition's agreement with Senate President John Cullerton -- SB 2404 -- passed the Senate on a strong, bipartisan vote. Tell your state representatives to do the same -- without changes, without delay!
Coalition Reaches Pension Agreement with Senate President - Support SB 2404, Oppose SB 1
The We Are One Illinois coalition has reached agreement with Senate President John Cullerton on a fair, constitutional, responsible solution. Tell your lawmakers - support SB 2404, oppose SB 1!
Action Alert! Pension-Cutting "Mega-Bill" Approved by House, Awaits Senate Action
House Speaker Michael Madigan narrowly passed Senate Bill 1 -- a pension-cutting "mega-bill" -- out of the House. It awaits Senate action. Call the Senate now toll-free at 888-412-6570 to urge senators to oppose this bill!