Illinois House Panel Targets Retiree Health Care

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois House committee wants to take away a perk for government retirees who get a big break on health insurance.

State employees who work for 20 years pay no insurance premium in retirement. A measure to end that benefit cleared the Democrat-controlled House Executive Committee without opposition Wednesday.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees opposes the legislation.

The proposal is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan and is likely to be a bargaining chip in negotiations over cutting union pension benefits. House Republican Leader Tom Cross joined Madigan in a rare bipartisan push.

Joanna Webb-Gauvin of AFSCME Council 31 argued health care coverage should remain part of compensation packages that state administrators negotiate with employees.

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The bill is SB1313

Online: http://www.ilga.gov


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  • by Douglas Location: northern IL on May 3, 2012 at 04:32 AM
    As I predicted last week the back alley dealing in Springfield is starting. There is no mention of the Lawmakers losing any of their benefits. I'm wondering if our State lawmakers get the same benefit as our Federal Lawmakers get on leasing cars so the taxpayer pay for them?
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