I've spent much of this year working on the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, a bill to help the 2.5 million Illinois workers who currently lack access to employer-sponsored retirement plans (and are therefore at significant risk of living in poverty in old age) save for retirement. You can read some background on it here.
The bill passed the Senate on April 9, but is still awaiting a vote in the House, so I'm spending the summer doing all I can to advocate for its passage. This advocacy has resulted in some pretty interesting media coverage.
For instance, here's a very generous Washington Post column that delves into some of the interest group opposition to our work, and a New York Times story that describes efforts taking place across the country on the topic.
Also, my colleague Michael Frerichs and I wrote an op-ed that has appeared in several papers including the Sun-Times, and here's an appearance on WBEZ's Afternoon Shift last week.
I'll keep you posted on this project in the coming months; I hope to have updates as we build support for this important measure.