As you know from the multitude of missives coming from the IEA officers, IEA staff, IEA retired and the We Are One Illinois (WAOI) coalition, Pension Preservation rallies are scheduled for January 3rd and 4th in the rotunda of the Illinois Statehouse in Springfield.
The rallies, featuring speakers from IEA, IFT and other organizations that comprise WAOI, are intended to send a clear message to the members of the General Assembly and Governor Quinn that there can be no pension bill enacted that is not negotiated with and agreed to by the public employee unions.
Since the rallies were announced some weeks ago, the work schedule for the legislature has changed significantly.
Both the state Senate and House have cancelled days.
The Senate meets Jan. 2 through Jan. 4. Senate officials announced Monday that they’ve canceled meeting Jan. 5 through Jan. 7. Senate President John Cullerton’s spokeswoman says the Senate may return on Tuesday, Jan. 8, if senators need to respond to any House action.
The House had planned to meet Jan. 3, but a memo from House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office says the initial days are cancelled and representatives won’t meet until Sunday, Jan. 6. They plan to also meet Jan. 7 and Jan. 8.
You might have noticed that the House will not be present on the scheduled rally days.
Coincidence? You be the judge.
Though having a personal contact with your legislator is always a desired event when members come to Springfield, it is not absolutely necessary to get across the point that teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses, and other public employees intend to make on the rally days.
As President Klickna has stated, “A big crowd will be noticed by the legislature and should also get the news media’s attention. Whether there are legislators there or not, we will be in Springfield!”
So, make no mistake about it; the rallies are on. The buses are coming. The details are here.
We hope to see you in Springfield.