Caulkins wary of rushed effort to consolidate police and fire pension funds

Decatur – Governor JB Pritzker recently called for the General Assembly to take action in the upcoming Veto Session to consolidate Illinois’ 650 police and fire pension funds.

State Representative Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) is wary of any rushed effort to consolidate these funds, especially in the absence of real pension reform.

“The General Assembly needs to thoroughly vet the Governor’s proposal, which has not even been put into bill form yet,” Rep. Caulkins said. “There’s no need to rush this proposal through in the fall Veto Session. We should be deliberate in our review and debate of any pension consolidation plan.”

Representative Caulkins is calling for comprehensive pension reform to address Illinois’ $230 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.

“Now is not the time to be nibbling around the edges of this massive pension crisis,” Caulkins said. “We face crushing pension debt but the Governor refuses to take action to address this crisis. I am again calling for a constitutional amendment to allow the difficult but necessary changes to be made to our pension systems to protect both our retirees and taxpayers.”