Superintendent Gill Speaks on Possible “Pension Shift”

Springfield school superintendent Jennifer Gill and other educators say schools and property taxpayers will suffer if the state goes ahead with Governor Bruce Rauner’s plan for a so-called “pension shift.”

Rauner has proposed transferring teacher pension costs from the state to local districts within four years.

Gill says that would ultimately slash funding for District 186 by $10 million a year… forcing sharp increases in property taxes, steep cuts in services, or both.

Gill says a longer phase-in would be easier to handle, but would still be problematic, given the long state history of underfunding schools.

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