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posted: 12/2/2013 5:26 PM

Take the time to study pension bill

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The front page on both Thanksgiving and the following day had reporting on the Illinois public pension problem. I find several of the reported issues very disturbing. No matter how you view the problem, whether it be legally, contractually, constitutionally, morally or ethically, the public employees are due what they worked and paid for -- and were promised.

What I find truly reprehensible is the report that our representatives are going to reduce promised pensions (read "steal some of the money back") and only 10 percent of the money saved (stolen) will go to retiring the pension problem. Citizens who allow our reps to do this share in the blame.

I also find it unreasonable to keep the details of the proposed solution secret from the public and our representatives, then require a vote on Tuesday. What could possibly go wrong in rushing a complex piece of legislation to law without time to study it?

Walter Naaf

Pingree Grove

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