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Letter: Pension Mess Blame Goes to Madigan, Walsh

Will County executive candidate Cory Singer says opponent Walsh's and the House speaker need to defend shifting pension debt to local school districts.

Dear Editor:

As a member and a candidate for Will County executive, I am calling on Will County Executive Larry Walsh to invite Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan for a free lunch in Will County.

The lunch should be a forum for Walsh and Madigan to explain why Will County school districts and taxpayers should be punished with a huge tax increase when the state has so poorly managed its finances.

Speaker Madigan is pushing a plan to transfer $40 billion of state teacher pension liabilities onto local school districts and communities. Recently, the speaker said suburban and downstate taxpayers are getting a “free lunch” when it comes to paying for those pension liabilities. 

The speaker and his friends have led Illinois into a giant financial mess, and now he wants us to pick up the tab. For decades, the Walsh/McGuire “family business” has represented Will County in Springfield, working hand in hand with Speaker Madigan. The state ignored its financial responsibilities when they were at the helm. 

This plan will destroy our local schools, but the speaker is pushing it because he can. The state is run by Chicago politicians, and they have no regard for the people of Will County. We needs leaders who will stand up against this.

I'm happy to split the cost if Mr. Walsh and Mr. Madigan are willing to face the residents of Will County and explain why they should burden us with this huge tax increase.

Cory Singer

Will County Board, District 1 (R-Frankfort)

Will County Executive Candidate

Lynn Davis-Livesay June 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Agreed... Here are the effects of the Pension Shift http://yfrog.com/z/kjv75wuj and (appointed - not elected) Walsh Jr.'s hard work at Balancing the State's Budget http://yfrog.com/z/gydhhprmj ...
Jim June 27, 2012 at 05:31 PM
The local schools and the state should split the "employer match" to the teachers contribution. Teacher pays 9 percent, school district 4.5 percent, state 4.5 percent. End of pension problem.
Christine June 27, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Jim, it's only the end of the pension problem if you enjoy increased taxes. Your taxes are going to increase enough in January of 2013, as well as if Obama gets reelected. When is enough, enough? When do people finally rise up and say NO?
Rick Anderson July 14, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Let's see, student must pay parking fees to park their cars at school. Do the teachers and administrators as well?
Mike Fitzpatrick September 10, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Pay for your own pensions like IMRF does.

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