about one year ago by Jim Taylor, RFD Radio Network
The center piece of Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget blueprint is a cost shift for pensions. The move would involve Chicago and downstate schools as well as state universities and would save the state a billion dollars, but critics say it will result in a spike in local property taxes. The other big piece of the governor’s budget plan calls for removing health insurance from collective bargaining discussions with state employee unions and making some cuts in retiree health insurance premiums. Rauner estimates the move would save another half-a-billion dollars, but it’s a tough sell says Jack Tichenor, host of Public Media’s Illinois Lawmakers.
Tichenor says another issue presented in the Governor’s budget plan is rolling back part of last year’s income tax increase.