An Illinois House committee wants to take away a perk for government retirees who get a big break on health insurance.
State employees who work for 20 years pay no insurance premium in retirement. A measure to end that benefit cleared the House Executive Committee, which is controlled by Democrats, without opposition Wednesday.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees opposes the legislation.
Twelve former employees of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have sued the paper, saying corporate officials lied to them about the benefits the employees would receive after taking an early retirement offer in 2007.
Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond addresses the 131st National Guard Association of the United States General Conference in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 13, 2009. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, Flickr Creative Commons User The National Guard)
Bond announced today, via a press release, that he will be having a morning press conference tomorrow in St. Louis to share the details of his next step. A location for the press conference was not listed, but will be announced at 8 a.m.
This celebratory tiara was given to Dori Gates at her retirement party after working for 30+ years at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. If Gates lived in Illinois, she'd be living in a state deemed "worst" for retirees. (Via Flickr/ stevendepolo)