Rep. Pritchard to discuss pensions at NIU

State Rep. Robert Pritchard
State Rep. Robert Pritchard

NIU’s Operating Staff Council will host State Rep. Robert Pritchard at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3.

The Republican legislator from Hinckley will gather with the group in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center to address issues related to the ongoing debate in Springfield regarding pension reform. This meeting was previously scheduled for the Sky Room but was moved to a larger venue.

Jim Lockard, legislative chair of the NIU Annuitants Association, will join Pritchard as part of the program. The event is open to the public.

Illinois lawmakers are expected to resume their debate over pension reform from Tuesday, Nov. 8, through Thursday, Nov. 10, during the final three days of the fall veto session.

The State Journal Register reported Thursday that House Republican Leader Tom Cross says a deal has been reached in the House to vote on SB512.

The bill proposes a three-tiered session that would give state workers, teachers and university employees the choice of paying more for the current benefit plan, paying the same for reduced benefits or entering 401(k)-type system. The deal is a bi-partisan one, Cross told the newspaper, with both Democrats and Republicans expected to put an equal number of voters toward approval.

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