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posted: 12/10/2013 4:40 AM

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Not teachers' fault state fell down

So, let's get this straight.

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I have contributed into the state retirement system for my 38 years of teaching in Illinois. Eight percent of every check went to the state. The state did not match the funds as they were supposed to. Then came a state income tax that was supposed to fix the problem, but it didn't. Where did the money go?

Next came the lottery, which was supposed to fix the problem, but it didn't. Where did the money go?

Next came casino gambling to fix the problem, but it didn't. Where did the money go?

It is not the teacher's fault that the state didn't live up to their pledge.

Let's fine all the elected officials $10,000 from the past 50 years who didn't live up to their pledge.

Another solution might be to make Cook County a separate state and let them sink into Lake Michigan. The rest of Illinois keeps bailing them out. We would be in the black without Cook County.

Ron Keller

Naperville

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