The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Letters to the Editor

December 29, 2013

Let the corruption continue

Let the corruption continue


“Today, we have won. The people of Illinois have won. This landmark legislation is a bipartisan solution that squarely addresses the most difficult fiscal (economic) issue Illinois has ever confronted.” — Gov. Pat Quinn

Well, Gov. Quinn, as a retired high school teacher since 2010, I squarely lost.

I lost retirement benefits that are constitutionally guaranteed to me — “... benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.” — and I lost what little remaining respect I had for state government — the same state government that, for decades, created the $100 billion pension shortfall by not making its required pension payments and/or by freely stealing from pension shortfall by not making its required pension payments and/or by freely stealing from pension accounts to fund other projects/programs.

Now the resolution of this matter heads to the court system, but the state has covered its bases here, too. House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said that the judges’ retirement system was exempted from the pension reform bill “to eliminate the possibility of a judicial conflict during the adjudication of this matter through the courts system.”

To many observers, however, the judges’ retirement system exemption from the pension reform bill appears to be a blatant attempt by the state to gain a favorable outcome for its legislation.

From my perspective, the only difference between government and organized crime is that government makes the law ... and casts aspersions on those who abide by it.

Michael Nolan


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