The overhaul, approved by the General Assembly this week after years of delay and inaction, cuts benefits for most employees and retirees.
“I’ve also said clearly that I don’t think that the Republican Party should be to the point of defining a good Republican, a bad Republican because of abortion, gay rights or guns.”
State Sen. Bill Brady officially joined the race for the Republican nomination for Illinois governor.
Candidate Bruce Rauner was criticized by fellow candidate Dan Rutherford, the state treasurer, for not facing citizens and the press when he announced his candidacy.
Republican from Pontiac is currently the state treasurer.
State treasurer Dan Rutherford says it only adds to the amount of interest the state will have to pay as it borrows more money.
“I believe that if you are a retiree, your pension benefit is what you get. That’s what you deserve,” Dan Rutherford told reporters before a presentation in Springfield.
The agency says public pension reform is critical to Illinois’ fiscal position.
The treasurer’s online unclaimed property auction is set to start at 10 a.m. Nov. 26 and will close at 10 p.m. Nov. 30.
“If we all do what we know we need to do, (Chief) Justice (John) Roberts will ask Mitt Romney to raise his right hand to become President of the United States,” Dan Rutherford said.