Illinois House Ends Free Health Insurance for Retirees

May 10, 2012

Longtime Illinois state employees would no longer be able get free health insurance when they retire under legislation approved yesterday by the state House.  

The vote is part of a push to cut pension benefits for government retirees. Governor Pat Quinn, along with House Speaker Michael Madigan and other officials want to save money by cutting pensions, health care and other costs.  Right now, people who spend 20 years working for the state don't have to pay health insurance premiums in retirement.  The measure now heads to the state Senate.  Legislators say it’s a difficult move that must be made if Illinois is going to repair its budget.