It is a matter of public interest when current policymakers attempt to rob public employees of their constitutionally-guaranteed contracts, especially when past policymakers were the main cause of the underfunding of public pensions. It is also discriminatory.
"It is worth noting the inequity inherent in cutting pensions promised to state and local public servants based on… underfunding that was substantially caused, in many cases, by funding 'holidays' that government employers awarded themselves…" (Greenfield, Douglas L., Lahne, Susan G. How Much Can States Change Existing Retirement Policy? In Defense of State Judicial Decisions Protecting Public Employees’ Pensions) (Defending and Protecting Public Employees’ Pensions against the Legislative Siege). Please Click Here for a synopsis.
Punishing and victimizing public employees through a breach of contract instead of addressing the state’s inadequate revenue system and underfunding of the public pensions is a form of violence upon a group of people who have faithfully served the citizens of Illinois. It can be considered violative of due process and equal protection.
“…No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” (U.S. Constitution, Amendment XIV—Due Process and Equal protection, Section 1).
It is reprehensible when Illinois policymakers choose not to uphold their oath of office or protect the state’s constitutional contracts. It is deplorable when Illinois policymakers support and listen to wealthy interest groups like the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Civic Federation, and their sort – those organizations that drain state contracts of their legal and moral content and, thus, exploit public employees in Illinois.
Please consider reading 12 pragmatic and legal reasons to reject Illinois pension reform. Click on each of the 12 links for commentary on this issue by several well-respected attorneys: Madiar, Greenfield, Lahne, John Fitzgerald, Katherine O’Brien, Gino DiVito (also a retired Illinois Appellate Court Justice), Claude Rohwer (Professor of Law, Emeritus), Anthony Skrocki (Professor of Law, Emeritus), and Laurence Tribe (Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard). Thank you. Click Here.