AFP Pension Reform Townhall Meeting – Gurnee Video

Americans For Prosperity held a Pension Reform Townhall Meeting July 2nd at the Warren Township Center. The moderator of the event was Illinois State Director, David W. From, who along with Vice President of Policy, Ted Dabrowski, presented a pretty sad picture of the State of Illinois pension funds. It was also pointed out that Illinois has the WORST credit rating of all 50 States.

AFP representatives David From and Ted Dabrowski take questions from the audience after the presentation.
AFP representatives David From and Ted Dabrowski take questions from the audience after the presentation.
Each Illinois household owes $41,000
Each Illinois household owes $41,000

Each household in Illinois currently owes $41,000 towards the State’s deficit and audience members were asked what that amount could be spent on otherwise, such as better housing, their child’s education, etc.

 

 

 

Currently, one-third of education spending goes towards pensions.

School spending on retirement 2012
School spending on retirement 2012

By 2025 that figure will grow to one-half and by 2045 to a whopping three-quarters. It is definitely time for pension reform and getting spending under control.

The video below was shot using a new HD 2X telephoto lens for the first time even though the camera has a built-in 12X optical zoom feature. With the camera mounted on a tripod, trying to stay focused was again an issue, especially when the presenters waved their hands around. It was even more evident in the slide show presentation which seemed to actually ‘breath’ in and out for some unknown reason. Obviously, I will not be using this lens in the future. The rooms audio was very ‘bass’, yet not over-modulated but enough to make parts harder to hear. You will still get the main message of the presentation.

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