Longtime state employees would no longer be able get free health insurance when they retire under legislation approved by the Illinois House. Bloomington Republican State representative Dan Brady voted for the measure:
"Something has to change. I wish that wasn't the case, I wish there wasn't a Senate Bill 1313, but that's not what is before us."
The vote is part of a push to cut pension benefits for government retirees. The governor, House speaker and other officials want to save money by cutting pensions, health care and other costs. Right now, people who spend 20 years working for the state don't have to pay health insurance premiums in retirement. The measure to end that benefit passed 74-43 yesterday, it now goes to the state Senate. Legislators called it a difficult move that must be made if Illinois is going to repair its budget.
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