The Majority Report 05/10/15 - Pension obligations, steel, coal


Supreme Court upholds Constitution on pensions

Supreme Court upholds Constitution on pensionsSenate President Cullerton released a statement Friday in response to the Supreme Court ruling on pensions:

"From the beginning of our pension reform debates, I expressed concern about the constitutionality of the plan that we ultimately advanced as a test case for the court.  Today, the Illinois Supreme Court declared that regardless of political considerations or fiscal circumstances, state leaders cannot renege on pension obligations. This ruling is a victory for retirees, public employees and everyone who respects the plain language of our Constitution."

Supreme Court on constitutionality >




Haine: we need steel, we need steelworkers--let's keep them here (AUDIO)

Haine: we need steel, we need steelworkers--let's keep them here (AUDIO)In March, U.S. Steel announced it would idle its Granite City plant leading to the layoff of more than 2,000 employees. Haine's forceful support of the importance of steel to the American economy drew applause and cheers from steelworkers watching debate on a resolution urging the President of the United States and Congress to review the national tariff policy on steel goods.

"The United States steel industry is suffering as a whole right now. I am asking the President and Congress to carefully review the national tariff policy on steel goods. Steel has been an integral part of our country and we must not let foreign imports trump US-made steel," said State Senator Bill Haine. "The Granite City plant has been in the area for generations and is a key employer in the region. Seeing it close would be catastrophic and would have devastating effects to the families of all those employed there, as well as Granite City and the Metro-East."

Listen to Haine's rousing floor speech >


Manar proposes Illinois coal competitiveness plan

Manar proposes Illinois coal competitiveness planDemocrat and Republican downstate lawmakers announced a plan to boost the use of Illinois coal in Illinois power plants during a press conference Thursday.

"The time has come to take on western coal. Our plan will increase demand for Illinois coal that is more efficient, cuts emissions and supports thousands of downstate jobs. It represents an estimated $1 billion savings to taxpayers and utilizes one of Illinois' most abundant resources," State Senator Andy Manar (Bunker Hill) said.

Coal competition >




Events at the Capitol this week (VIDEO)

Police Memorial 2015May is a busy month in Springfield; events and rallies are almost daily occurrences. Visit our website to watch video highlights of this week's Latino Unity Day, Police Memorial Ceremony and Tech Day.







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