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posted: 12/23/2012 5:00 AM

Diminishing benefits is unconstitutional

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I have recently emailed several Illinois lawmakers reminding them that legislators are expected to honor their oath of office, uphold the state and U.S. constitutions, and safeguard legal and moral commitments. They are not voted into office to renegotiate contracts, thereby impairing constitutional obligations. Creating and passing any bill that diminishes "promised" benefits, such as COLA that is in place for retired and current teachers, is a breach of contract and trust.

Why was the Nekritz/Biss HB 6258 proposal developed without any input from those affected? Why isn't the retirement system for judges included under this bill?

Rebecca E. Pollacci

Arlington Heights

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