Statement by We Are One Illinois on SB 512

In recent weeks hundreds of thousands of Illinois citizens have spoken out in an unprecedented way to defend the modest pensions earned by public employees. Today in Springfield their voices have been heard and the pension assault turned back.

Retirement security is an essential part of the American Dream, and our coalition will go forward with renewed strength and solidarity to protect it. Illinois public employees receive an average pension of just $32,000 and most do not receive Social Security. Their retirement security depends on their pension.

House leaders have declared their intent to have meetings over the summer to address the state's unfunded pension system. We believe strongly that any funding solutions must be constitutional, must lead to the long-term stability of the retirement systems, and must go to the root of the problem: the failure of politicians over decades to make required contributions, even as public employees always faithfully paid their share.