Some local public employee unions are traveling to Springfield to lobby against pension reductions.
The Chicago Teacher’s Union claims, a typical retired teacher could lose $700 a month in pension payments. As a result, the union says the city’s economy could suffer.
Unions are asking taxpayers in Chicago to keep their members’ pensions fully funded, by paying higher income and property taxes.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is resisting the CTU’s push for more tax revenue; he says if revenue were to be raised first, there would be no compelling motivation to pursue meaningful pension reform.