Illinois’s pension crisis is growing. Anywhere from 20-25 percent Illinois budget goes to fund pensions, making it increasingly difficult for the State to fund schools, healthcare, and other costs. The influx of federal money has helped the short-term outlook for the state’s pension debt, but little has been done to fix the problems in the short-term. Illinois needs to the follow the lead of states like Arizona that have enacted Constitutional Amendments to give lawmakers the authority they need to get pension costs under control. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse and cost taxpayers even more. Brad will continue to advocate for the meaningful pension reforms Illinois desperately needs.