Author: The Associated Press
Title: Illinois universities ask Quinn to soften pension cuts, say recruiting talent...
Publication: The Republic
Date Published: May 14, 2012
Illinois are asking Gov. Pat Quinn not to cut retirement benefits for current employees in his plan to overhaul state pension programs.
Presidents and chancellors of 15 schools recently signed a letter urging Quinn to consider their ability to attract top faculty talent and not to take away "promised benefits" to current employees.
Illinois universities ask Quinn to soften pension cuts, say recruiting talent at stake
Governors State University President Elaine Maimon (MAY'-mun) says Quinn and legislative leaders have listened to the colleges' concerns.
Quinn wants to require state employees to contribute more to their pensions, pay more to keep certain benefits, retire later and require schools and universities to contribute.
The May 3 letter also seeks a "reasonable" transition to university contributions, a guarantee of proper state funding in the future and more.
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