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Badly need leaders

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I want to commend the stand your paper took in Oct. 29’s editorial, “Scaredy-cats run amok in Springfield,” on the disgraceful level of inaction on pension reform during the Illinois General Assembly’s first week of veto session.

The fact that our state’s legislature went so far as to cancel one of only six days during which they will meet this fall says a great deal about how we are all being failed by most of our leaders in the capital.

I say most because state Rep. Jack Franks has been on the right side of this issue from the beginning, and he should be commended for that. During the spring session, Franks was a constant voice reminding other legislators that pension reform is without question the most important issue facing our state and that to focus on anything else is foolhardy at best and negligent at worst.

Franks said exactly the same thing at a town-hall event in September, while also reminding a questioner that this crisis is not the fault of retired public-sector employees and, in fact, pension reform legislation will protect the promises made to those retirees.

Our state badly needs leaders right now to step up and work for the good of the state, without worrying about their next election. Franks’ willingness to take a tough vote is an example I wish the hesitant legislators in Springfield would follow.

Lorraine Murphy

Wonder Lake

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