Governor Bruce Rauner and Republican legislative leaders are backing components of a pension reform plan proposed earlier by Democrats. Governor Rauner says he supports a premise from Senate President John Cullerton giving state workers a choice between having future raises go towards their pensions or receiving cost of living increases in retirement. Governor Rauner also wants any pension reforms to also remove the debate over wages from collective bargaining with public employees. Cullerton says he does not support that idea.
(Chicago, IL) — Governor Rauner told reporters today that he now supports the pension reform plan put forth by Democratic Senate President John Cullerton, but Cullerton says the plan Rauner outlined isn’t his. Rauner insisted that his attorneys have worked out the details on slowing the growth of the pension debt with Cullerton’s lawyers, but Cullerton said afterward, “It’s not my plan.” Rauner also used the news conference to heap more scorn on House Speaker Michael Madigan, who responded by accusing Rauner of trying to drive a wedge between himself and his fellow Democrat Cullerton.
David Stewart/mdj IL)
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