From the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police
· The pension represents the entire life savings for Police Officers, as we do not receive Social Security.
· All top policymakers agree that the employees did nothing wrong, so insisting that they bear the sole responsibility for fixing a crisis caused by political irresponsibility is unacceptable. The employees are willing to sacrifice, but they cannot be the only ones to do so.
· Public Safety employees have offered to accept changes that would save the state billions. But to make sure our pensions are solvent, but there must be a GUARANTEED FUNDING MECHANISM.
· No legislation to change the pension systems should be enacted without the agreement of the unions representing employees. Our Public Safety Coalition will continue to work with the state’s political leaders as long as they are making a good faith effort to reach a solution that is constitutional and fair to employees.