NORTH SHORE - On Chicago's wealthy North Shore, Democrat Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and Republican Glenn Farkas are vying for Illinois Senate. This week, North Shore blogger "ConservativeBrand" reported on a town hall meeting that allowed district voters and area teachers to learn more about Biss' views on the pension reform facing the Illinois legislature. They also heard how Biss supports making the rich pay more state income taxes, a view area voters might find troubling:
ConservativeBrand asked Biss why the state legislature in its special session is considering a pension proposal that excludes 75 percent of the problem (the teachers and university pension systems) when there is a good model out there. The state of Rhode Island, also close to bankruptcy, passed a bi-partisan measure earlier in the year to raise the retirement age for future pensioners, suspend Cost of Living adjustments, and replace the defined benefit structure with 401(k)s. That’s a non-starter in Illinois according to Biss; the Republicans in Springfield are too entrenched, and the Democrats are entrenched as well.
Sample quotes from Dan Biss characterize his message: “I agree with the Rhode Island solution,” “I am not a friend to Mike Madigan. I don’t know what he looks like,”and “I am for a progressive income tax in Illinois.” And if he wins this Democrat stepping-stone job in November, Biss will get passes to vote “no” from Madigan when it works for both of them – and nothing will get solved in insolvent Illinois. Better get to know Republican 9th district nominee Glenn Farkas.
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