PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Illinois Pension Debate Expected To Move To Courts

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during a news conference announcing he would use his line-item veto on a bill that would suspend Illinois Lawmakers' pay during a new conference Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Chicago. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign Illinois’ pension overhaul later this week. Unions are preparing to sue the state. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

Update 3:20 p.m.: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed the pension reform bill.

Now that lawmakers have passed an overhaul of Illinois’s government worker pension systems, the fight is expected to move to the courts.

Provisions of the overhaul include raising the retirement age for many state workers and cutting some benefits. The overhaul is estimated to save the state $160 billion over 30 years.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill by the end of the week.

As soon as he does, labor groups are expected to sue. They argue that the Illinois constitution does not allow lawmakers to cut benefits for workers and retirees.

Ron McNeil, dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Illinois, Springfield, and Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, join Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss Illinois’s pension debate.

Guests

  • Ron McNeil, dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Illinois, Springfield.
  • Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

June 6 Comment

Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

June 3 Comment

Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.