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Despite frustration by some constituents, Nekritz says pension reform bill a necessity

Friday, December 13, 2013

NORTHBROOK — One of the toughest votes for many Illinois legislators was hard even on the mother of the state pension reform bill in the General Assembly’s lower house.

“I just heard it from a member of my own family,” State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-57th, said Dec. 5, the day after both houses narrowly passed the bill that will pare benefits to current pensioners, a rarity in a nation where pension funding is a problem almost everywhere, but cuts usually only affect new hires.

“My husband’s son. He’s very angry. I understand.