Some questions need further explanation in the Herald's coverage of pension reform: The state is $1 billion short when it comes to pensions. Why does the "reform" need to save $160 billion? Will it be used to fund other state projects? Are retirees now funding the state?
What penalty will legislators pay for underfunding the pensions for years? They violated the state constitution. Will their pensions be affected?
Why were Illinois judges exempted from the reform? The average judge makes $112,000 while the average teacher makes $44,000. Were they exempted because legislators want their votes when this issue goes to court?
I look forward to seeing these questions answered in future articles.