SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — The union representing many state employees disagrees strongly with Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s plan to require state workers to contribute more to their pensions.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s David Roe reports, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Wednesday that making workers pay more would be a violation of the Illinois State Constitution, which forbids cuts to pension benefits for current employees.READ MORE: 'It’s Better Than All The Holidays Rolled Into One': Parents Excited About Their Kids Getting The COVID Shot
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Rutherford is proposing two pension systems for state employees. One would be a 401(k)-style investment plan, the other a standard plan in which employees would be guaranteed monthly checks.READ MORE: Fulton Labs, New Biotech Startup In Fulton Market, Aims To Grow Chicago's Biotech And Life Sciences Industry
One way to entice employees to the 401(k) plan, Rutherford says, is to raise employee costs to the standard plan. Rutherford has not called for that, but his office says he is open to the idea.
Illinois pension systems have a gap of $79 billion between assets and long-term costs.MORE NEWS: New Mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Sites To Target CPS Students, Families
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