FEBRUARY 24, 2015 MUNICIPAL ELECTION
[In this blog entry, I speak for myself, not the official position of Northside DFA]
Illinois' early voting starts Monday, October 22. For Chicago voters there will be various questions on the ballot. The first will be whether to amend the Illinois Constitution to require pension improvements require a 3/5 vote of the Illinois General Assembly.
The Chicago Teachers Union has explained why its members should vote "no".
For me, the argument is simple. The source of Illinois' pension mess is that the Illinois General Assembly diverted money that should have gone to the pensions to other spending priorities so the politicians wouldn't have to cut services or raises taxes.
The amendment neither fixes the current mess nor does it prevent the politicians from creating the same mess again.
In fact, it's deeply offensive that the very people who created the pension mess are attempting to get the public to take out their frustration on public employees rather than on the members of the Illinois General Assembly--the people who created the mess by shirking their duty.