Illinois Wants $41B Bailout From US Taxpayers

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The five Republicans in Illinois’ congressional delegation reject state Senate President Don Harmon’s request for more than $41 billion to stabilize state finances as part of a new coronavirus relief package, calling it an attempt to use the pandemic to cover years of mismanagement.

Harmon’s request included $10 billion to shore up Illinois’ massively underfunded public employee state pension system and another $9.6 billion in direct federal aid to cities and villages.

But the Republicans said Democrats must reduce the state’s $138 billion public employee pension debt, the worst in the nation, “and make the system more equitable to the people of Illinois before federal money is used to support the pension system.” “This pandemic has not caused a pension crisis, it has further illuminated the one that already existed,” the Republican lawmakers said.


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