The first Illinois State Teachers’ Pension and Retirement fund was created 97 years ago in 1915. The current Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois was created in 73 years ago in 1939 (TRS). Since 1953, the Illinois General Assemblies have spent years in their chambers parasitically destroying the public pension systems of the State of Illinois by not funding them. Nothing has changed today. New and old politicians alike have recently emerged again with voracious appetites for breaking a "constitutional contract" with the state's public employees.
Our best defense against their attacks is a strong offensive. Our legislators' conversations have been intentionally wrong and supported by corporate media and the Civic Committee; their misinformation has been intentionally fallacious and promulgated. We must change their erroneous focus on “pension reform” to honest and legal solutions:
Indifference is not an option. “Indifference is not a response… Indifference is always the friend of the enemy” (Elie Wiesel).