OK--but who elected the politicians?
Public blames politicians, not unions, for pension mess - chicagotribune.com: "Emanuel has pushed the cost-shift proposal, arguing that Chicago property tax payers already are responsible for the tab for pension benefits to retired Chicago Public Schools teachers. . . . "The districts should cover their pensions and not the state," Burns said. "Chicago does. When you raise your pensions locally, you can do what you want with them." But the plan isn't gaining traction in places where taxpayers fear they stand to take the hit. In the collar counties, 55 percent said they were against the plan while 35 percent supported. In suburban Cook, 49 percent opposed and 34 percent supported it. And Downstate, 50 percent were opposed while just 21 percent backed the idea."
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