A public policy group at the University of Illinois says the State University Retirement System (SURS) needs to be stabilized but not reformed.
The Institute for Government and Public Affairs proposal includes contributions from universities to the fund for the first time. The plan calls for universities to phase-in their contributions until they reach 3% in the third year.
Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza said the city is developing a strategy to avoid the same pension system headaches plaguing the state.
Illinois has billions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities. While Galesburg's obligations are nowhere near those amounts, Garza is concerned that the police and fire pension systems are receiving less than 60% of what they should be getting from the city.
The city's IMRF (Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund) is at 90%, and Garza would like to bring the police and fire systems up to that level.