(Springfield, IL) — April 19, 2010. Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) backed changes to the Illinois employee pension system that will yield savings of $220 billion during next 30 years, but wants to put current employee benefits on the chopping block if possible.
“I know there’s differing opinions as to whether or not we can impact current employees,” Radogno said. “I think we owe it to the state of Illinois to fully flesh out that argument.”
Former Illinois Appellate Court Justice Gino DiVito, however, says changes to current Illinois state employee benefits would be unconstitutional, reports the Springfield State Journal-Register‘s Doug Finke:
According to his research, DiVito says he “reached the undeniable conclusion that the pension benefits of present employees, those who belong in a pension plan, cannot be diminished or impaired. All the General Assembly and governor could do is affect the pension benefits of future employees.”
Illinois unions reacted in fury to the legislative pension reform juggernaut engineered by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn.
Madigan, Cullerton and Quinn delivered badly needed reforms to future employees benefits.
However, if Radogno wants to stick her hand in the current employee pension honey-pot, Winnie the Pooh-like, Madigan and Cullerton will be only too amused to watch the spectacle.