Area lawmakers look for busy session in Springfield
McHenry County’s representatives in Springfield anticipate addressing issues such as expansion of gambling and driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants during the six-day fall veto session that starts today.
But don’t expect an attempt to slay Squeezy the Pension Python by shifting teachers’ pensions to local property taxes until the lame-duck session in January.
As for Gov. Pat Quinn’s pension shift plan, local legislators are highly skeptical he can find the votes to do it. Reps. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, and Mike Tryon, R-Crystal Lake, call the plan dead in the water as a way of addressing the state’s $83 billion unfunded public pension liability. Suburban lawmakers who oppose the idea say taxpayers, whose property tax bills continue to climb despite falling house values, can’t take the extra strain.
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