Local lawmakers: Get it done
Unions will have to give, too, Dems say
The state's unfunded pension liability is $96 billion – the highest in the country. It's a number that grows by $17 million a day.
Lawmakers representing Whiteside and Lee counties agree on at least one thing: The state must find a solution as soon as possible.
They also say each side must make concessions. Even the Democrats, Rep. Mike Smiddy of Hillsdale and Sen. Mike Jacobs of East Moline, both of whom represent Whiteside County, say the public employee unions who largely funded their recent campaigns will have to give some.
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