PRINCETON — The Oct. 18 luncheon meeting of the Bureau County Retired Teachers Association was held at the Princeton Public Library. A business meeting was conducted, followed by a presentation on Illinois legislative issues.
Illinois Reps. Frank Mautino of the 76th Representative District and Donald L. Moffitt of the 74th Representative District presented views on important issues that the Illinois General Assembly will be facing as legislators return to Springfield in January 2013.
The state of Illinois has a debt problem and continues to face ongoing fiscal issues that prevent running state government responsibly and efficiently. The deficits are almost insurmountable. Consequently, reductions, cutbacks and methods of funding are all on the table relative to any changes that can aid Illinois in meeting its fiscal responsibilities. Fiscal year 2013 does not look too promising.
Important to teachers are the pension and health insurance issues. State legislators have yet to put forth any plan that must meet the guarantees set forth in the Illinois Constitution. Reps. Moffitt and Mautino discussed many of the issues being discussed and debated, fielded many questions from retired teachers, but could not give any assurances. BCRTA look forward to their presentations because they are always forthright and generous with the time they devote to the issues.
The serious fiscal plight of the state of Illinois and any solutions being debated concerning health insurance and pension revisions are of real concern to retired teachers throughout the state because they affect their economic well-being.
The BCRTA is a unit within the 33,000 members of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. IRTA is the only organization that exclusively represents retired teachers in Illinois.