Editorial: Vote was a test of courage

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thank you to those 30 gutsy members of the Illinois Senate and 62 gutsy members of the Illinois House who voted Tuesday to pull their state from the brink of a financial disaster.

In his closing argument, Sen. Kwame Raoul referred to the decision as a “test of courage.” It was. It took courage for many of those lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans, to vote for pension reform in the face of a massive effort by organized labor to crush the measure and dire warnings from some conservatives that it was a big fraud.