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Union Coalition Responds to Pension Bill Signing

Gov.
Pat Quinn signed pension reform into law this afternoon. The We Are One Illinois coalition of unions released the following statement after the signing:

We Are One Illinois Response to Governor Pat Quinn Signing Senate Bill 1

The following statement is attributable to the We Are One Illinois coalition of unions:

Governor Pat Quinn has given hundreds of thousands of working and retired teachers, nurses, police, caregivers, first responders, and others no alternative but to seek justice for retirement security through the judicial system. Contrary to his belief, every Illinois citizen loses today.
It didnt have to be this way. Bipartisan majorities in both chambers could have passed a much fairer, legal, negotiated solution - with real, substantial savings - in Senate Bill 2404.

Instead, leading politicians and their followers chose to violate their oaths of office, trample on the Illinois Constitution, and willfully ignore the plain letter of the law. In abandoning their constitutional duties, theyve voted to slash the retirement benefits of senior citizens and working families by one-third or more.

Senate Bill 1 is attempted pension theft, and its illegal. Once overturned, its purported savings will evaporate, and the states finances and pension systems will be left in worse shape.

Our coalition has been consistently in contact with our attorneys, and today we directed them to prepare to file suit. We will challenge SB 1 as violating the constitution and ask for a stay of the legislation's implementation pending a ruling on its constitutionality.