Prof. Ann Lousin Comments on the Defeated Proposed Pension Amendment

Nov. 18 – The Academic Professional Advisory Committee

“ARTICLE XXX, Section 5 of our State Constitution (adopted in 1970) had as its purpose the safeguarding of the pensions of public employees,” said Ann Lousin, a faculty member at the John Marshall Law School and outspoken opponent of the amendment. She added that the change that was “proposed by this Amendment appears to be an attempt to circumvent or abolish those protections. For example, it is possible that a cost-of-living adjustment could be eliminated if this Amendment” passed.

SHE NOTED the amendment would have done “nothing for the State’s pension-funding problem,” and, if approved, would have been “a catastrophe for Illinois.”

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