Quinn Signs Chicago Pension Measure

Jun 10, 2014

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed a bill that reduces the retirement benefits of some City of Chicago employees.

Credit state of Illinois

Quinn signed the controversial pension bill in private.

But he released a statement saying he was quote - “dismayed by the ill-advised attempt” to have lawmakers impose a tax increase on Chicago residents.

An earlier version of the measure called on Chicago’s city council to raise property taxes - but that was removed from the final version.

That language came from Mayor Rahm Emanuel - who had advocated for raising property taxes to fund the pension systems.

The bill calls for retirement benefit changes for more than 50,000 City of Chicago workers and laborers.

Those reductions were needed in part since the city underfunded the pensions for decades - and they’re scheduled to run out of money within 15 years.

Bruce Rauner - Quinn’s Republican opponent in the November election - opposed the pension changes because of Emanuel’s call for increased property taxes.