Hybrids are pension schemes where the state and the employee both contribute simultaneously to a defined-benefit pension plan and to a defined-contribution savings plan or 401 (k) plan. State employers would have to match the employees’ contributions, though there would be a contributory limitation.
What remains a critical issue is that redistributing the funding burden to the state’s school districts and to their teachers and property taxpayers is unreasonable and unwarranted, and that legislators bear in mind that offering a fair and sustainable pension plan for teachers is a priority, not only for teachers but for the public school districts in Illinois. What is also at stake here is whether “the best and brightest” possible teaching candidates become one of the state’s exigencies. The state will not attract or retain the “best” teaching aspirants without offering an equitable and solvent defined-benefit pension plan for them. Finally, what continues to be most crucial for all of us is that policymakers in Illinois guarantee a minimum level of payment to the public pension systems and pay the unfunded liability, thus, upholding the state’s constitutional obligation while maintaining their legal and moral responsibility.