As a near 23-year state employee nearing retirement, I am closely watching the Illinois Senate and House for some sort of reasonable compromise to our huge deficit. However, where was all this attention to the problem when it was being created by skipping numerous payments into the retirement fund? It's no wonder that many are pushing for a law to ensure that payments are made into this fund, as this was ignored for years by our lawmakers. Maybe they should all take a pay cut and funnel that money back into the very system they failed to sustain.
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