Voters to weigh amendment on state pension hikes
SPRINGFIELD – After a period of dire warnings and scandal, voters will decide next month whether to change the Illinois Constitution so that it's harder to improve retirement benefits for public employees. The amendment would require a three-fifths vote instead of a simple majority when legislators want to increase retirement benefits.
Illinois pension systems are in a financial mess, and some critics say legislators too often grant better benefits without worrying about the cost. The amendment is supposed to encourage consensus and keep the majority party from ramming a bill through the Legislature. But it's not clear how much the amendment could help.
The concept is simple, but it still raises plenty of questions:
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