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Hinsdale High School District 86 teachers union has harsh words for state legislators

<p>In this Tuesday, Dec. 3 photo, lawmakers work toward passing&nbsp;<a id="firsthit" name="firsthit"></a>pension&nbsp;legislation while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Seth Perlman | For the Associated Press&nbsp;</p>

In this Tuesday, Dec. 3 photo, lawmakers work toward passing pension legislation while on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Seth Perlman | For the Associated Press 

The Hinsdale High School District 86 teachers union opposes the changes to the pension system the General Assembly passed last week and has even harsher words for the legislators who supported it.

“The only positive that we can see come out of this is that it might get enough people fired up about the ongoing and rampant mismanagement by elected officials at the state level to start a movement by average citizens to get out, become politically active, and vote out of office the sorry excuses for senators and representatives that were the cause of this problem to begin with,” wrote John Bowman and Kathy Wynn, co-presidents of the Hinsdale High School Teachers Association.

They said the legislation seeks to fix the pension problem on the backs of hardworking educators who have held up their part of the agreement.

“It is our hope that this legislation will be soundly defeated by the inevitable lawsuit that will follow, and the resulting publicity will serve to shed light on the corruption that has pervaded Springfield for decades and sadly continues today,” they said.

Unions representing the state employees and teachers outside of Chicago, who would be affected by the changes, plan to challenge the legislation in court on the grounds the Illinois Constitution prohibits diminishing the benefits of the pension system.

The bill, which still needs the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn, would reduce the automatic annual 3 percent increases retired teachers and state employees receive. Among other changes, it also would reduce by 1 percentage point the amount employees contribute each year toward their pension.

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