On Friday, Wirepoints published a letter from the Illinois Senate President to the Illinois Congressional delegation. The letter, sent on behalf of Illinois Senate Democrats, requested a large federal bailout of Illinois pensions and other shortfalls the state is facing.

The letter generated extensive, national controversy, summarized in a Forbes article linked here.

Below is the response to the letter sent by Republican members of the Illinois Congressional delegation.

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Ron Rico
5 months ago

When is somebody going to ask Gov. Pritzker in one of his daily radio shows if any of the firms his family owns are taking federal bailout money?
President Trump was asked that very question on Day One.

Poor Taxpayer
5 months ago

Allow state to go Bankrupt and let the courts sort it out.

A. Lindquist
5 months ago
Reply to  Poor Taxpayer

If the courts are left to sort it out, the Democratic Party will have its out for cutting pensions and blame the courts for the cuts they don’t have the guts to make themselves. This will help Illinois cut taxes in the future and put us in a more competitive business position. Won’t happen because it will only bring to light how the Democratic Party put us in this position in the first place. The State will repeat the mistakes that put us in the condition in the first place. They will continue to promise what we can’t afford to… Read more »

debtsor
5 months ago
Reply to  A. Lindquist

The irony behind it all is that the Democrat party ALREADY has a lock on their votes. It’s not like these Dems who ‘always vote blue no matter who’ are going to vote for somebody else! And they know that too. That will not suddenly change, like IL will turn purple because D’s suddenly couldn’t keep their promises.

They just want to loot the taxpayer. And fleece your pockets. Anyway they can.

It is as simple as that.

Phineas T. Grinch
5 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

There is a symbiotic relationship between hookers and johns. The parasites will cling to the Democrat tree. The tree may not always feed them but it’s the best bet in the jungle.

Douglas
5 months ago

FYI to everyone. The socialist/communist blog called capitalfax has been referencing wirepoints and trying to drag it through the mud. The increasing downvotes you see on logical comments here are most likely from the “comrades” viewing this site.

True Believer
5 months ago
Reply to  Douglas

Rich miller threatened to publish my personal email because I made a comment against joe Ferguson for not investigating the CPD lieutenant scandal. Shortly after I was banned. He is a complete loser as well as are all the Democratic and RINO sycophants who post there.

Governor of Alderaan
5 months ago
Reply to  True Believer

But Miller has no problem taking $100,000 from the state every year so he can post transcripts of Jabba’s speeches. The minorities who are dying sure could use that money

Governor of Alderaan
5 months ago
Reply to  Douglas

Like anybody gives a crap what those brainless morons think. Read that blog and you’ll see some of the stupidest people posting the stupidest comments you’ve ever read

Ben
5 months ago

Rich Miller is a paid off, drunken, union slob. OsRetard Wily is the dumbest poster in the history of posters, and RNUG is a union retiree pretending not to be one who thinks what can’t go on forever can, all for his own selfish reasons. Cap Fax is a bought and paid for scam with dumb, union slobs posting dumb things all day long.

Fed up neighbor
5 months ago
Reply to  Ben

Amen Ben you are the best

Susan
5 months ago

One practical method for honorable humans to defend themselves from sociopathic predators like Illinois political class defined benefit entitlements recipients is to establish an “honorable market” of goods and services.

This market would only be open to buyer and seller: no third party payment accepted.
This market might define payment methods such as crypto currency (due to inflationary practices of fiat currency printers)
This market should provide superior quality goods and services as a function of licensed professionals (medical for example) enabled to be paid directly by buyers, and enabled to bypass corrupted inequitable centralized-third-party-management provision centers.

Being Had
5 months ago

Great letter. I thought the third paragraph was interesting. I think the authors of the letter were questioning what Illinois is doing or going to do with the close to $4.9 billion that has been appropriated for the state.

Many districts in the state don’t have candidates like these congressman on their ballots. There should ideally be more representatives like them.

John Grimes
5 months ago

FUCK YOU Don Harmon and your corrupt pack of runaway spending, fiscally IRRESPONSIBLE Dems!

Go IL, NOT
5 months ago

Harmon either deleted the email this was sent on or threw it in the recycle bin as soon as it came in. I bet he never took a second to read this or care. Why would he take this seriously. They don’t have to listen to the Republicans in this state and they don’t.

Thank you for posted it.

Paul
5 months ago

Good luck. But the state must divest itself from the incestuous relationship between unions and legislators. Let the public approve union contracts.

s and p 500
5 months ago

I have to wonder if Pritzker and Lightfoot are starting to take the budget situation seriously and are actually getting worried about their cash flow situation. A lot of rich people like Pelosi and those late night morons like Colbert don’t care. Pritzker is a rich guy who wanted to try politics but I can’t imagine him not starting to take the situation seriously with this “get lost” letter from the feds. That sleepy-faced mayor of Philly sure looks worried.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-kenney-tax-budget-philadelphia-cuts-20200407.html

Governor of Alderaan
5 months ago
Reply to  s and p 500

Neither Jabba nor Groot are smart enough to know just how big their problems are

Tom Berman
5 months ago

This just reminds me of the SNL skit with Chevy Chase (playing President Ford) debating Jimmy Carter. After being asked a complicated economic question, Chevy Chase paused for a second, leaned into the microphone and said “It was my understanding that there would be no math.”

debtsor
5 months ago

Jabba and Groot aren’t dummies, they’re politicians. They willfully close their eyes to difficult political decisions – like major budget cuts – and prefer focus on fighting the easy wins in the cultural war, like giving abortions to everyone, everywhere, at any time, with no restrictions! That was an easy win, passed with all but one progressive vote (you know, that Rabbi in Skokie who voted ‘present’)…and he wasn’t loonie enough, and lost his primary run to an ever further left loonbag (https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/rabbi-legislator-in-illinois-loses-democratic-primary-bid)! But balancing the budget, and telling useless union voters that their gravy train is over? Wow, that’s… Read more »

Bob
5 months ago
Reply to  s and p 500

One Man Tent is more worried that his TV time on the Covid will come to an end. Here is a guy that is clueless yet wants to climb onto the National stage.

Poor Taxpayer
5 months ago

Taxpayer is being screw again by the Greedy cops, teachers and firemen.
Let them take less or sell their luxury homes and cars in Florida.

MV
5 months ago

I have little to no sympathy for the pension mess Illinois put themselves in. Giving Cadillac pension plans that are paid for on the backs of the taxpayers is BS. I work for a company that went through a chapter 11 and we had our pension plans reduced and some terminated. No one bailed us out. Take it to bankruptcy court Illinois and let the judges figure out what the retirees will end up with. I’m tired of state or federal employees that think the skies the limit. They’re no different than anyone else. All the new employees should be… Read more »

mqyl
5 months ago

“Illinois must reform its pension system … before federal money is used to support the pension system.”

That’s an ominous statement. IL can “reform” its pension system in a number of ways that won’t significantly ease the taxpayers’ burden. Also, why would Congress support a pension system that’s been mismanaged forever? A couple of tweaks here and there in the near future shouldn’t result in federal funding. In fact, why should there be any federal funding for pensions? IL created this mess all by itself due to greed and disregard for the taxpayer.

Ben
5 months ago
Reply to  mqyl

The pensions will run dry and default in time if nothing isn’t done such as state bankruptcy or a bailout. They are done as is for sure with no changes, and soon.

Gemini
5 months ago

Bravo to the Republicans for telling the Democrats to go pound sand. Sorry Democrats, your remedy lies in the Bankruptcy Court.

Hank Scorpio
5 months ago

Trump just hinted about this in his daily update and basically told Pritzker to f-off on national tv. Awesome.

True Believer
5 months ago
Reply to  Hank Scorpio

And Pritzker and Lori retaliated by extending the stay at home order to further screw the economy. Soon to come.

UnclePugsly
5 months ago
Reply to  True Believer

IL cutting it’s nose off to hopefully spite Trump for a brief moment!? Is IL really that dumb?

debtsor
5 months ago
Reply to  UnclePugsly

Yes.

Peter Quilici
5 months ago

In my view, the only way the Illinois pension debacle will resolve is when local governments start requesting the legislature to allow them to file for ch 9 federal bankruptcy protection. That may wake up the Illinois citizens to the issue.

Deep in the Heart
5 months ago
Reply to  Peter Quilici

“May wake up the Illinois citizens”. ..excellent point. While my Illinois friends are not apathetic when it comes to their ever-increasing sky-high taxes, they are for the most part apolitical. They don’t understand the stranglehold that the greedy public servants have on the political process. They might talk about “voting the bums out,” but don’t realize that their best hope is to move over the state line to Indiana. Sure, it might be valiant to start a grassroots movement against the $110,000 pensions but if I still lived there I’d be calling Atlas Van Lines and telling my friends they’ll… Read more »

Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Bankruptcy destroys the union power by reopening the coveted signed contracts and forcing fiscal prudence.

M
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

united airlines as example

debtsor
5 months ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Bankruptcy for municipalities is just a Republican talking point that will hurt working people! Stick your head in the sand and ignore the insolvency, maybe we’ll get a bail out!

Ben
5 months ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

They will when there is no choice. Peoria will have to have it, and so will Springfield and Rockford. Oh, and also Chicago.

Jeff Tucek
5 months ago

In addition Vice President Pence should be alerted to Illinois’ plans since it surely will not end here. Pence is critical because as 2 time Governor of Indiana he is familiar with the massive spending and the subsequent corruption plaguing IL. The fact Indiana has a $2B tax surplus is a living testiment that a state can snd must live within his means. Pence is critical for educating the President Trump on this topic

Rick
5 months ago

The other 49 states don’t owe us a dime to perpetuate the Ponzi scheme that underlies public pensions here. Pandemic relief should flow proportionally to all 50 states based on their actual measured loss impact due to this act of God. Some will get more others less, the virus decides that proportion of funding. The fed must not get in the business of working any other problem in any state other than the virus. I was starting to have my doubts about Kinzinger I’m glad his response to this shakedown puts him back in the good guys column for me.

ConcernedExpat
5 months ago

Great letter and kudos to these congressman. I wonder: even if there were a referendum on curtailing Illinois pension benefits, is there appetite in IL voter base to pass?

Platinum Goose
5 months ago
Reply to  ConcernedExpat

Unfortunately 20% of the voters have a vested interest in continuing the ponzi scheme.