The Illinois Chamber of Commerce threw its support behind Gov. Pat Quinn's pension proposal, a plan to reduce pension coverage for current state employees that is opposed by the Illinois AFL-CIO.
“Considering that the subject at hand is the ability of hundreds of
thousands of Illinoisans to support themselves in retirement, we believe
the proposals are insensitive and irresponsible,” said Michael Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO, in a statement after Quinn released his proposal.
Meanwhile, the Chamber is lauding the governor's plan.
“Gov. Quinn deserves both praise and widespread support from across Illinois,” said Illinois Chamber President Doug Whitley. Whitley, though, stayed neutral on whether the state can shift its pension costs for school district and university employees onto local governments. State Republican leadership largely opposes the move.
Quinn's focus on pension and Medicaid cuts produced a major shift in the Democratic governor's friends and foes. The Chicago Civic Federation has warmed to the governor, while advocacy groups and organized labor largely oppose Quinn's agenda.