An Illinois House committee held the first hearing on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pension proposal.
Under his plan, workers would keep all the benefits they earned, but would see a cut to their benefits going forward. Democratic Representative Scott Drury said last week’s Supreme Court opinion, overturning pension changes passed two years ago, rules out that idea.
Rauner's staff argued that the plan is legal because it does not reduce current benefits -- only those yet to be earned.
Republican Jeanne Ives says employees in the private sector already face that reality.