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Forum on state’s pension dilemma planned for Aurora

Elaine Nekritz

Elaine Nekritz

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Updated: January 31, 2013 6:29AM

AURORA — A public forum on the state pension reform dilemma is planned for Wednesday at East Aurora High School.

Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice and State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, will host town hall meeting to discuss current pension reform proposals. Chapa LaVia, chairman of the House Elementary & Secondary Education Committee, will be joined by state Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook, chairman of the House Pensions Committee.

“Rep. Chapa LaVia has worked with us to create this opportunity to share our concerns before lawmakers return to Springfield to cast votes on this important issue,” said Mary Shesgreen, cochairman of Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice.

“We are most concerned about the cost shift component and the deep impact that could have on low-income school districts here in Aurora, Elgin and Carpentersville. We hope to push new ideas, primarily taxing the wealthy, into the pension discussion.”

“Maintaining pension solvency is a key issue for every level of our state government,” Chapa LaVia said. “It is vital for the fiscal health of Illinois that we address this crisis while ensuring that all involved parties, including teachers, have a seat at the table to negotiate these proposals.”

The forum, titled Funding Strong Schools and Fair Pensions, is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the auditorium at East High, 500 Tomcat Lane.

For information, contact Shesgreen at 847-742-6602 or John Laesch at 630-878-7454, or Chapa LaVia’s office at 630-264- 6855.

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