Illinois Legislature Passes Pension-Slashing SB 1, Awaits Governor's Signature
The Illinois legislature passed pension-slashing Senate Bill 1 on December 3 with narrow votes of 62-53 in the House and 30-24 in the Senate. It now goes to Governor Pat Quinn for signature -- which could happen as early as this week. The Governor has indicated he will sign the bill.
We've developed a calculator (in Microsoft Excel) for your use in evaluating how deeply your COLA would be cut if SB 1 becomes law. Click here to use this calculator if you have a new version of Excel. If you have an older version of Excel, click here to use a version of this calculator compliant with older versions of Excel.
View the voting records below, then call your legislators toll-free at 888-412-6570. If they voted "no," thank them for supporting the hard-earned, legally-protected retirement security of public employees and retirees. If they voted "yes," let them know how outraged you are for voting for a destructive, illegal bill. Or, click here to e-mail your lawmakers and send your thanks or express your frustration.
Click here to view how your state representative voted on SB 1, or simply view the House voting record immediately below.
Click here to view how your state senator voted on SB 1, or simply view the Senate voting record immediately below.
Following the passage of SB 1, our coalition of unions released the following statement:
"This is no victory for Illinois, but a dark day for its citizens and public servants.
"Teachers, caregivers, police, and others stand to lose huge portions of their life savings because politicians chose to threaten their retirement security, rather than pass a much fairer, legal, negotiated solution in Senate Bill 2404.
"It's bitterly ironic that, on the same day legislators used the state's troubled finances to justify stealing the retirement savings of public servants, they approved millions of dollars in new tax giveaways for big corporations.
"A majority of legislators ignored and defied their oaths of office today—but Governor Pat Quinn doesn't have to. He can stay true to his oath and the legal promise made to public employees and retirees by vetoing this unfair, unconstitutional bill. If he doesn't, our union coalition will have no choice but to seek to uphold the Illinois Constitution and protect workers' life savings through legal action."