LETTER: ‘Illinois math’ has led to chronic underfunding of teacher pensions

POST BY:  Chicago Tribune “As required, Teachers’ Retirement System used Illinois math to calculate the state’s contribution for fiscal year 2018 and came up with $4.56B. Using actuarial math, TRS also calculated that the state’s “full funding” contribution should be $6.88B. This legal sleight-of-hand has been going on for 78 years — and counting. The…

REALLY, It’s Not My Job!

In a Lake County News-Sun article, reporter Luke Hammill writes concerning the issue of transporting highly explosive crude oil by rail, “My opponent hasn’t stepped up on our behalf to lobby or communicate related hazards,” [Songer] added, while acknowledging the federal government is responsible for regulating such trains. Lawlor said the issue is important but is “completely the responsibility of…