Tribune Gets It

Mike Madigan

Mike Madigan, the man who has approved every budget and pension bill while he was House Speaker, every year but two since 1983.

I have written periodically of how teacher unions during the 1990’s encouraged legislative leaders to take money governors earmarked for pension payments and put it into current teacher salaries through the State Aid to Education program.

Articles on this subject have appeared on McHenry County Blog since at least 2009:

Sure, legislators made the decision, but they were strongly urged to do by teacher lobbyists.

Now the Chicago Tribune editorializes,

“We’ve written that, over the past four-plus decades, many of the folks who run our state and local governments signed suicide pacts, spectacularly unaffordable retirement deals that left too little money for the services those governments provide.

Jumping Jack Franks.

Jack Franks

“Often when these deals were cut, the public officials and the union leaders were, in effect, seated on the same side of the negotiating table, holding hands.”The pols knew they were creating someone else’s problems. When the devastating costs came due they would be gone, out of office, retired.

“Collecting fat pensions.”

That pretty much says it all, even if the chief architect, Mike Madigan is not yet drawing a pension because of support of people like McHenry County’s State Rep. Jack Franks.

(Franks, by the way, will have the 20 years he needs to qualify for the maximum legislative pension–85% of final salary–if he served one more term.  Not bad for someone who promised to serve only three terms.)

My “No” votes on lots of 1990’s budgets are looking better and better.


Tribune Gets It — 7 Comments

  1. Wish you were still in office to vote NO.

    You too would classified as an obstructionist!!!

    This state needs more obstructionists!!

  2. Steve Reick would be one of those good guys for the people of the 63rd Dist and the State of Ill.

  3. The Chicago Libune blowing the whistle on the Mad Mike & the Democrats in Springfield – who would have ever thunk it ?

  4. LOL….the Tribune has “finally” determined this is a fraud!!!

    What a laugh!

    They’ve known about this for 30+ years….but they didn’t want to write poorly about their liberal allies in government.

    Chicago Tribune: Shut up.

    Stop pretending you’re anything but a sounding board for the Democrat Party.

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