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The Majority Report 11/23/14 - Pensions, Firefighters, Minimum Wage

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Trial court rules out pension reform

Trial court rules out pension reform

Senate President John J. Cullerton today issued the following in response to the Sangamon County Circuit Court ruling regarding pension litigation:

"I have long believed there is a constitutional way to confront Illinois' pension challenges. Today's ruling confirms that, while the need for reform is urgent, the rule of law is absolute. I remain committed to working with all parties to address our budget pressures and pension problems in a manner consistent with the Illinois Constitution."

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Mulroe's firefighter safety proposal passes Senate

Mulroe's firefighter safety proposal passes Senate

The role of firefighters in our communities has drastically changed over the last few decades. Firefighters are now considered our primary first responders. They are our EMTs during accidents, tragedies and times of crisis. They mitigate the challenges of natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents and even acts of terrorism. That is why State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-10) passed a proposal out of the Senate today that will preserve the right of firefighters to negotiate safe staffing levels, also known as manning.


"This is an issue of safety, both for our firefighters and the residents who put their trust in these men and women every day," Mulroe said. "Manning determines whether they go home at night. Without proper levels of manning they put themselves and citizens at risk."

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Senate moves minimum wage forward

Senate moves minimum wage forward

"We asked the voters what we should do, and their answer was clear," said Assistant Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, who has been pushing a minimum wage increase for the past several years. "We should raise the wage to at least $10 per hour and we should do it soon."

"This is about moving forward in an economy that is moving forward," said Senator William Delgado of Chicago. "This discussion in America is well overdue, and in Illinois, we're leading."

"We have a clear mandate from the people of the state today," said State Senator Andy Manar, who represents a wide swath of Downstate.

 


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