We can never become complacent in our belief that most Illinois policymakers, the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Civic Federation, Illinois Policy Institute, and media can be fully trusted to make ethical and legal decisions that affect public employees and retirees. We can never become indifferent to political power and what exorbitant wealth can buy.
We should know policymakers often pass laws for their own advantage, and we should remember that despite their pledges to uphold the State and U.S. Constitutions, their criteria for justice include their consideration for what is most expedient for them: their re-election and, for most of them, their corporate connections for lucrative lobbying or other extortionate jobs when they retire.
It is up to us to protect our future by opposing any so-called pension reform and any modifications of contract principles through a “consideration” that will diminish and impair Article XIII, Section 5 of the Illinois Constitution.
We must continue to be vigilant. Our goal has always been the preservation of our legal and moral rights, not only for us but for all state workers in Illinois. To oppose any attacks on our pensions and healthcare has always commanded us to act upon principles we believe are so valuable, that to do nothing would be an even greater injustice.