Public Pensions

Public Pensions: Frequently Asked Questions

Release: January 21, 2016

Ever want to know what the average pension is for a state employee? What’s a funding ratio, and what are the funding ratios for the different pension funds? How much did benefit increases cost the pension systems? How much did investment losses contribute to pension underfunding? What’s the biggest factor for underfunded public pensions in Illinois?

We’ve got answers to those questions and many more in this convenient document, "Public Pensions: Frequently Asked Questions."

It Is All About Revenue: A Common Sense Solution for Illinois’ Fiscal Solvency

Release: September 9, 2015

This Report offers a solution to Illinois' longstanding fiscal shortcomings. There are a number of common sense, data-driven initiatives that will modernize the tax code—and still keep Illinois relatively low tax. The Report details how changes to Illinois' tax policy, primarily to its income and sales taxes, and re-amortizing its pension debt can completely eliminate its structural deficit.

CTBA's Testimony and Presentation to the Pension Conference Committee

Release: July 3, 2013

CTBA's 2013 testimony and presentation to the Pension Conference Committee.

HJRCA 49: A Constitutional Amendment Regarding the Rules Governing Pension Benefit Increases

Release: August 27, 2012

This Issue Brief provides an overview of the state pension systems' underfunding and an analysis of House-Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment (HJRCA) 49. HJRCA 49 would create a new section to the Illinois Constitution. 

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