Don't Fix the Teacher Pension Problem by Denying Retired Teachers Their Earned Benefits

An open letter to Springfield legislators on teacher's pensions.

Throwing more dirt into an open grave will not resurrect the dead. Neither will asking retirees to pay more and get less resolve the massive debt that your negligence has created.

As a retired educator who worked as a public employee and paid my share into the public pension system for 34 years, I demand that you not reduce my retirement benefits that were promised to me in any way, shape, or form! Please VOTE NO on Amendment 15 to SB1673. Failure to do so will not only throw more dirt on the reputation of the government of this state and its legislators, but it will also represent the end all hope of young people entrusting themselves and their talents to the future of education, law and fire enforcement and any form of public service in Illinois where pension payments are deducted from their paychecks for future compensation.

Why should our retirees and the future benefactors of education and union pensions be denied their Constitutional right to a safe and secure retirement due to the shortsighted greed of those in whom we entrusted our future?

Lena Condic

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Russ January 11, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Lena for governor!!
Ron January 11, 2013 at 03:02 PM
YOU GO GIRL ! ! ! Couldn't have said it better myself. Unfortunately, Lena, the politicians of this state have proven time and time again that they are more concerned with their own personal wealth and welfare than those of the citizens that voted them into the offices they hold. Our messages of distrust and disgust in their inexcusably neglectful behavior continue to fall on deaf ears. I read an article just this past week which stated that of the lower 48, Illinois was #2 in having the most people move away in 2012. I wouldn't be surprised if by next year it will be #1! Why continue to live in such a state where the outlook is so bleak? My only hope is that more people, like you, will wake up and call, write, and make a personal visit to the politicians that are responsible for the legislation which has made the state of Illinois such an undesirable place to live, work, and retire.


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