State Sen. Bill Brady said he plans to vote for a proposal to eliminate the lieutenant governor's office. (WJBC file photo)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - State Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, said he will support eliminating the lieutenant governor's office if it comes up for vote.
Brady doesn't like that a lieutenant governor from an opposing party could replace a governor who dies, resigns or is removed from office.
"Typically when people elect candidates for governor, they are electing a philosophy of a certain party and the succession problem is probably the biggest problem," Brady said, referring to the fact that the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately.
The Illinois House has approved a Constitutional amendment that voters would have to approve. It's estimated to save the state $1.8 million per year.
Sen. Brady says he doesn't know how he will vote on a House-approved pension plan that would require state workers, teachers and university employees to pay more toward their retirements and get less in benefits.
Brady said he hasn't seen the specifics of that bill or a Senate proposal that President John Cullerton said is more likely to be constitutional. Brady says he's not sure either bill will work.
"John Cullerton doesn't think Mike Madigan's bill will pass in the Senate. That's why he's trying to come up with this other compromise that if it has enough savings, could pass. If those two things both fail, then I think you get to the middle ground which my bill is more in the middle ground," Brady said.
Brady's pension proposal would freeze all pension systems and suspend some cost of living increases.
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