Submitted by the League of Women Voters of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff
Illinois Public Pensions! That is a hot topic this election season garnering a lot of attention by just about everyone: politicians, media, retirees, and taxpayers. For years, there has been talk but not much action. As a public retiree or taxpayer, your life will be affected.
The League of Women Voters – Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area is offering an opportunity to learn more about this controversial issue on Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:00 p.m. at Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd. LF. There will be two speakers addressing different aspects of the problem. Robert E. Riley, a Partner with Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton, Taylor, Ltd. in Chicago, which specializes in education and municipal law, will speak about the five Illinois State Public Pension Systems. He will explain the background and status of the pensions. Amanda Kass, Pension and Local Government Specialist, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, will describe the history of the underfunding and potential solutions. There will be plenty of time after the presentations for questions.
The five Illinois state public pension systems with an estimated unfunded liability of $83 billion are the General Assembly Retirement Plan, Judges Retirement System, State Employees Retirement System, State Universities Retirement System, and Teachers’ Retirement System.
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