Home Chicago News Rahm Emanuel email takes center stage in retiree health care case –... Rahm Emanuel email takes center stage in retiree health care case - Sun-Times March 31, 2017 2 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter That email was Rahm’s reaction to a Wirepoints article about what his budget address should say. That background is linked here. In my unhumble opinion, it’s the suggested budget address that should be getting the attention, not the email. h&m ShareTwitterEmailPrintGoogleFacebook Read Article Sort by: newest | oldest Andrew SzakmaryMark, you do realize that Chicago and Illinois public employees hired before 1986 are not entitled to Medicare, because they (and the state) did not contribute to it? It is one thing to cut healthcare for retirees who are Medicare-eligible, like basically everyone in the private sector. But doing so for those ineligible for Medicare is so extreme that I really don’t think that even a bankruptcy judge would allow that – it would basically be a death sentence. 2 months 22 days agoWirePointsYes, I am mostly on your side on that. I am not fully up to speed on exactly who would not be Medicare eligible, but that is critical. To me, it’s just another reason to deal with the whole pension and fiscal mess as rapidly and comprehensively as possible. Time makes it worse and genuine humanitarian issues loom. It’s not a binary issue, though. Exactly how much pensioners should be expected to pay and for how much coverage they should get are fair questions. And it’s another reason why, in the case of bankruptcy, all unsecured debt should not be thrown into the same pot for pro… Read more »2 months 21 days ago wpDiscuz Recent Wirepoints Originals Speech Muzzlers Triggered: Chicago’s Theater Community On The Attack – WP Original June 21, 2017 Together we make great theater -- unless you disagree with us, in which case you're a bigot. New Study Details How Pensions Exploit New And Younger Teachers – Wirepoints Original June 14, 2017 Illinois gets an 'F' as you'd expect, but we have plenty of company on this. Why You Shouldn’t Believe The Illinois Budget Deficit Numbers Released This Week – Wirepoints Original June 11, 2017 True numbers are 2X or 3X worse and show the genuine bind Illinois is in -- not just an ego clash between Rauner and Madigan. Wait for July To Downgrade Illinois Bonds To Junk — For The Subprime Anniversary – WP Original June 9, 2017 And a look ahead for the near term. Would Congress Authorize Bankruptcy for Illinois and Other States? Yes, Inevitably. – Wirepoints Original June 4, 2017 All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. -Arthur Schopenhauer. And thanks to ZeroHedge for republishing this article. COGFA: State of IL Revenue Up In May But Still Down For Year – WP Original June 4, 2017 Up 7% for the month but still down 3.5% for the year-to-date. Great Speech By Rep. Jeanne Ives On ‘Union Thugs’ Vandalizing Construction Site of a State Rep. They Don’t Like – WP Original June 2, 2017 And shame on most of the Illinois press for ignoring this crime. Video: IL State Senator, Clueless About Bill He Sponsors, Blames Questioning On His Mexican Heritage – WP Original June 1, 2017 Truth is, most of the rest of the legislature doesn't know what the bill does either. It still passed. Same with most of what they rushed through this week. Skim through this database of City of Chicago salaries (and don’t vomit) – WP Original May 31, 2017 Names, titles, salaries and more.