We are in this mess because over the years Governors have proposed X amount of dollars for education.
Usually a couple of hundred million dollars.
When the discussions of how to cut up that amount took place, current salaries won over future pensions.
That’s what the Illinois Education Association lobbyists said they wanted.
If it made that powerful group with its big Political Action Committee happy, legislators were happy.
This was a win-win for the teachers’ unions.
They knew the state constitution would require the General Assembly to come up with the pension money.
And, with the larger share going to State Aid to Education that originally planned, not only would their members salaries be higher, but their pensions would increase.