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Voters turn down constitutional amendment

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 03:56:33 CST

Illinois voters rejected a proposed addition to the state constitution. Unions trying to protect members' retirement benefits may still have a day of reckoning, but they can take at least temporary solace in the defeat of proposed constitutional amendment.   The measure would have made it tougher for officials to enhance government employees' and teachers' pension benefits. Unions saw it as an infringement on their bargaining rights. They had unlikely allies, conservatives, like the Illinois Policy Institute's Kristina Rasmussen:

"Constitutional amendment 49 is a classic case of fake reform."
Rasmussen says the change would have done nothing to whittle down Illinois $83 billion pension debt.

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