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Thursday, 21 Sep 2017

Illinois pension debate involves cash, confusion

by Kurt Erickson (Quad City Times [Rock Island/Moline, Illinois--Davenport/Bettendorf, Iowa], May 13, 2011).

SPRINGFIELD - A battle to reduce the cost of public employee pensions is being waged in the corridors

of the Capitol and on telephone lines across the state.

With Illinois lawmakers potentially considering a plan that would alter pension payments and benefits for

current state employees, public-sector unions have joined forces in a fight against groups backed by Big Business.

Both sides are spending heavily on the effort, with the union tab at more than $1 million. The business side is

financing newspaper ads and automated telephone calls to voters, urging people to call their representatives.

State Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, is among those targeted by the phone campaign. His office has been

flooded with about 100 calls a day this week from people who were contacted by a group called "Illinois Is Broke."

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