By Jonathan Ingram, Illinois Policy Institute -
For the second year in a row, the state’s annual pension payment will increase by nearly $1 billion. The combined payment for all five state pension systems will increase to $6.8 billion next year, up from $5.9 billion this year.
Annual payments for Illinois’ five pension systems per year, in millions
Illinois’ pension systems are broke and could soon be insolvent. None of the systems have enough assets on hand to pay benefits to those who have already retired, let alone those still working. Only major reforms, like those centered on defined-contribution plans and those tackling the automatic cost-of-living adjustment, can get the problem under control. ...More HERE