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12/3/2013 7:00:00 AM
Teachers protest pension-reform bill at Rezin's office


NewsTribune photo/Amy FlaneryA group of union employees and retirees rallied with signs in front of the office of state Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) inPeru on Monday evening in protest of pension reform legislation that is scheduled for a vote today.
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A group of union employees and retirees rallied with signs in front of the office of state Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) inPeru on Monday evening in protest of pension reform legislation that is scheduled for a vote today.

Amy Flanery
Lifestyle Editor



A group of union employees and retirees gathered in front of the office of state Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) just south of La Salle-Peru Township High School on Monday evening in protest of pension reform legislation that is scheduled for a vote today.

According to Todd Stachowiak of Illinois Federation of Teachers, the legislation would reduce cost-of-living adjustments and increase years of service required to receive pension.

Stachowiak said the organization urged members to contact their legislators asking them to vote “no” on the legislation, which he said he believes is unconstitutional and unfair. He was referring to the Illinois constitution.

Mike Phillips of Lostant, a geology professor at Illinois Valley Community College, said the legislation would affect his retirement plan.

“I can’t go back 20 years and put more money in,” he said.

Teachers and college faculty do not receive Social Security, Phillips said, and depend entirely on pension money for retirement.

“The retirees are especially worried because they retired based on the understanding that they would receive a certain income,” Phillips said, adding retirees depend on cost-of-living adjustments to deal with inflation.

Amy Flanery can be reached at (815) 220-6975 or ntonline@newstrib.com.








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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: Anonymous19647

Poor teachers that only live on pension and no S.S.
What about the people that only live on S.S. and don't have a pension?


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