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Maria Dunstan - Pension Crisis in Illinois

Maria Dunstan had a long and successful career as a teacher, guidance counselor, principal in the Macomb Public School system, and also served for a time as the president of the local chapter of the teacher's union. She discusses the challenges educators face as they think about their retirement, and covers how the state's early retirement plans, Tier 2 employees, tax caps, levy restrictions, and pension holidays have impacted school districts. She also talks candidly about the impact of Senate Bill 1 of 2013, which reduced pensions, and the successful efforts to overturn that legislation.

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Studying early retirement options


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