Madigan proposes Illinois pension changes

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 2:02 p.m.CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 2:04 p.m.CDT

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is proposing a comprehensive pension-reform package that caps the salary on which a pension can be based and limits annual cost-of-living increases.

The Chicago Democrat filed an amendment Tuesday to legislation that got Senate approval last month. Madigan plans a House committee hearing Wednesday.

The plan tweaks ideas proposed by Rep. Elaine Nekritz — Madigan's leader on fixing a $96 billion pension deficit — and House Republican Leader Tom Cross.

It would cap the total annual salary on which a pension could be based to $110,000. That's less than the $113,000 Social Security guideline originally proposed.

And instead of tying annual cost-of-living increases to $25,000, it would allow COLAs based on $1,000 per year of service.

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