Check the laws first, please
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019
Um, Rep. McSweeney was one of just a tiny handful of Republicans who voted to override a 2016 Gov. Bruce Rauner veto that allowed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to delay hundreds of millions of dollars in increased pension payments. He said at the time he voted to override the veto in order to spare Chicago a massive property tax hike. But he really just helped the mayor delay a big day of reckoning until after Rahm Emanuel was out of office.
State law at the time required Chicago to start paying all normal costs to the pension funds plus whatever would be sufficient to get the fund assets up to 90 percent of total actuarial liabilities by 2040. The new law, passed with McSweeney’s vote over Rauner’s veto, delayed the start of that steep ramp to tax levy year 2020 and delayed the end date to 2055.
Gov. Rauner’s response to the override…
The Tribune editorial board often bemoans the increased pension payments that new Mayor Lori Lightfoot is faced with. Well, that 2016 veto override contributed heavily to the hole she’s in now.
* Meanwhile, states with early presidential primaries usually hold two primaries: One for presidential candidates and then another for everyone else. South Carolina, for instance, is holding its presidential primary on February 29th, but then the rest of the candidates down the ticket in that state will have their own primary on June 9th, with a runoff on June 23rd.
Illinois has a unified primary where all candidates compete. That primary is set by statute…
Notice the word “shall.” Biennial primaries are mandatory.
* With all that in mind…
Schneider couldn’t cancel the primary even if he wanted to.