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posted: 11/21/2012 4:40 AM

Boost deductions to fund pensions

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I have been a state worker for the past 34 years and I have been contributing into my pension for that 34-year period. Now when I'm just about ready to retire the Illinois government wants to somehow fix the problem on the backs of the people who have already retired, by cutting their benefits.

How about taking more money out of the all state employees' checks? For the state employees who would want to see money in the pension when they retire, something needs to be done and done right now. Sop kicking the can down the road.

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No one wanted these state jobs years ago because it didn't pay the top dollar, but those of us who stuck with it and worked hard shouldn't be penalized because our Illinois government, both sides, didn't budget the pension money right. Let's all of us work together, Republican and Democrats, forget about trying to get one up on each other. Let's make this state what it once was.

Shawn Holmer


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