A writer must “know and have an ever-present consciousness that this world is a world of fools and rogues… tormented with envy, consumed with vanity; selfish, false, cruel, cursed with illusions… He should free himself of all doctrines, theories, etiquettes, politics…” —Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?). “The nobility of the writer's occupation lies in resisting oppression, thus in accepting isolation” —Albert Camus (1913-1960). “What are you gonna do” —Bertha Brown (1895-1987).
The Illinois Pension White/Green List: Senators and Representatives who voted “NO” on SB 1
State shall…pass any…ex post facto law or Law impairing the Obligation of
Contracts…” (The Constitution of the United States, Article 1—Limitations on
Powers of States, Section 10).
“No ex post facto
law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts…shall be passed” (The
Constitution of the State of Illinois, Article I—Bill of Rights, Section
“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” (The Constitution of the State of Illinois, Article XIII—Pension and
Retirement Rights, Section 5).
“Each prospective holder of a State office or other State
position created by this Constitution, before taking office, shall take and
subscribe to the following oath or affirmation: ‘I do solemnly swear (affirm)
that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution
of the State of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of
the office of…to the best of my ability’” (The Constitution of the State of
Illinois, Article XIII—Oath or Affirmation of Office, Section 3).
There were 24 “NO” votes
for Senate Bill 1 in the Senate:
Dillard (voted “Yes” spring
*Note: these 23 senators also voted “NO” on
SB 1 last spring.
There were 53 "NO" votes for
Senate Bill 1 in the House:
*Note: only 15 representatives from the above-mentioned voted “NO” on HB 1154 (Cap public
employees' pensionable salary), HB 1165 (Freeze and reduce public employees'
COLA), and HB 1166 (Increase public employees' retirement age) last spring.