McConnaughay and Tryon Criticized for Road Fund Diversion

Part of the deal to cope with the gaping hole that Illinois Democrats passed onto Republican Governor Bruce Rauner resulted in the raiding of various earmarked funds.

The Road Fund was one of them.

The Democrats have raided it repeatedly since the beginning of the 21st Century.

Local 150 of the Operating Engineers mailed this in State Rep. Mike Tryon's district.

This was mailed n State Rep. Mike Tryon’s district.

Here's the back of the Local 150 mailing.

Here’s the back of the mailing.

Here is Tryon’s rebuttal.


McConnaughay and Tryon Criticized for Road Fund Diversion — 2 Comments

  1. No blame on legislative pension benefit hikes to underfunded pensions that occurred from 1971 through today which resulted in hiked pension contributions from state and local government.

    Which started after one sentence was added to the Illinois state constitution in 1970 which reads:

    “Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.”

    Thus the sentence means the legislators and governors can obligate taxpayers to UNLIMITED number of pension and retiree healthcare benefit increases, for an UNLIMITED amount of money, and that’s CONTRACTUAL, and cannot be DIMINISHED OR IMPAIRED, so the taxpayer MUST pay.

    No mention of affordability in the IL State constitution.

    No mention that pensions must be fully funded before enhancing or increasing pension and retiree healthcare benefits.

    The politicians and public sector unions have obligated Illinois taxpayers REPEATEDLY to ever increasing pension taxes ever since that pension sentence was added to the IL State Constitution in 1970.

    The sentence did not result in better funded pensions.

    The sentence resulted in hiked pension and retiree healthcare benefits.

    The pensioners are protected in the pension sentence added to the IL State Constitution in 1970.

    Taxpayers are not protected in the pension sentence added to the IL State Constitution in 1970.

    How has road funding in Illinois increased and decreased since 1971?

    Illinois pension contributions have skyrocketed.

  2. No mention that Senator Althoff also had flyer with Jack Franks to use road funds elsewhere.

    Local streets in McHenry are potholed and cars and individuals are the victims.

    By the way Pam Althoff and a lot of state republicans are funded by ALEC a Koch funded organization trying to push big business agendas.

    For example, right to work in Wisconsin was Walker’s bill with exact language from Koch Bros bill.

    When officials listen to big money they don’t listen to regular citizens.

    Pensions got into trouble by using funds for them for something else’; now we must use road funds for roads.

    By the way both parties should pay back social security which they left with iou’s from wars, etc and want to cut it now.

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