GOP refuses to participate in test votes on pension cuts – DailyHerald.com

28 Feb

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Republicans today refused to participate in test votes on severe public pension cuts and Democrats rejected the proposals harshly.

Two proposals to slash retired teachers’ and state workers’ yearly cost of living pension hikes were defeated by 2-66 and 5-62 votes.

Another to raise the retirement age for teachers and state workers to 67 got only one vote in favor, from House Speaker Michael Madigan. And one to have them pay 5 percent more toward their retirements got three “yes” votes.

Republicans didn’t vote at all, saying the test vote was a political ploy by Madigan.

“What are we doing here today?” asked House Republican Leader Tom Cross of Oswego. “Illinois politics at its finest. Another day of games,” he said. More…

via GOP refuses to participate in test votes on pension cuts – DailyHerald.com.

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