The conference committee on pension reform meets Wednesday in the Bilandic building in Chicago.It is an honor to serve on the Conference Committee on Senate Bill 1. I take very seriously my responsibility to consider the opinions and concerns of all Illinois citizens, and I hope you will reach out to me with your thoughts and ideas.

As you may know, the committee has met twice in Chicago and will meet for a third time at 3 p.m. July 8 in Springfield in room 409 of the Capitol. This is a public hearing and all are welcome to attend; you can also watch or listen to the committee here.

The committee is working hard to communicate ideas to the systems' actuaries so as to be as informed as possible about the potential impacts of the proposals we're considering. While this is a strong indication of progress, it is unrealistic to hope that we would have an actuarial analysis in hand by July 9. We will continue working on a constant basis, and I'll be sure to keep you updated as we move forward.

Please call my district office at 847-568-1250 with any questions.

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bisstownhallLast year, we hosted our first-ever Critical Issues Series, in which we hosted monthly discussions on a variety of issues. Because of the strong interest people showed, we have decided to host these events again this year. Each forum is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Levy Center, located at 300 Dodge Ave. in Evanston. Below is our schedule of dates and topics. I very much hope you to see you at some of these meetings! Please call my office at 847-568-1250 if you have any questions.

July 14 – Update on Pensions and Fiscal Stabilization

August 11 – Safety, Freedom, and the Status of Gun Laws in Illinois

September 15 – Exploring Criminal Justice in Illinois

October 13 – The Affordable Care Act and Upcoming Healthcare Transition

November 10 – Transportation Policy for a 21st Century Global Hub

December 15 – Addressing the Looming Retirement Crisis

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Conferees Raoul, Holmes and Biss discuss expectations for compromise

SPRINGFIELD — A conference committee created during last Wednesday's special session to reach a compromise on pension reform will hold its first public hearing tomorrow. The 10 conferees — five from each chamber of the General Assembly — will meet at the Bilandic Building in Chicago at 11 a.m. Senate President John Cullerton appointed State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th), State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) and State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) to serve on the panel. The Democratic senators released the following statements in advance of the hearing:

Senator Raoul, committee chair:
raoul75x75"Pension reform is at an impasse because it has become a pitched battle between two priorities: constitutionality and maximum savings.The final product won't be anyone's ideal outcome, but I'm optimistic that with open minds and an awareness of the price of inaction, we can report back with a plan that respects the constitution and fosters long-term fiscal stability."

Senator Holmes:
holmes75x75"This conference committee gives us an opportunity to move forward on a comprehensive pension stabilization plan that is constitutional and fair. I will continue to advocate for people who have spent their lives serving the people of Illinois. During these negotiations, we must be conscious of the rights of working men and women as well as the economic security of retirees. Of course, this issue is about the state's finances, but we should remember it is also about people's lives."

Senator Biss:
biss75x75"Our attempts to enact significant pension reform have hit a genuine roadblock in Springfield, and by creating a conference committee, we have taken a meaningful step in order to address this growing crisis. Like many others, I have strong feelings about the pension reform proposals we've seen in the recent past, but we must all recognize that none of these proposals is likely to move forward without significant compromise. I am eager to work with my colleagues to finally find a solution that addresses our legal and ethical concerns yet still achieves adequate savings."

Six of the ten conferees must sign their names to a plan for it to become the official report of the committee, and the House and Senate must approve whatever solution the group proposes before it can be sent to the governor for his signature.

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biss75x75gabelWHO: State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston)

WHAT: Sen. Biss and Rep. Gabel will provide an overview of the spring legislative session, take questions and hear input from constituents.

WHEN: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26

WHERE: Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Ave.
Wilmette, Illinois

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Contact Me

District office:
3706 Dempster St.
Skokie, IL 60076
(847) 568-1250
(847) 568-1256 FAX

Springfield office:
417B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-2119

Email:
biss@senatedem.illinois.gov

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