Ill. lawmaker throws tirade over pension plan

Rep. Mike Bost's tirade came during a debate over the latest pension reform bill.
Rep. Mike Bost's tirade came during a debate over the latest pension reform bill.

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - Murphysboro Republican State Representative Mike Bost says he hit his boiling point and bubbled over Tuesday during a debate over a controversial pension reform bill.

"That's not my common M.O. to be that way, but enough's enough," said Rep. Bost.

The very public rant on the House floor Tuesday has gone viral on YouTube and national news outlets.

"I realize at the time it would go that far," said Rep. Bost. "Maybe it's something the nation needs to know what we're facing in the state of Illinois. One man that was not elected as the chief executive officer can have total control over everyone in the state."

Some say he went a little too far.

"That is a little overboard," said Sheri Dailey of Carbondale.

Others say the current state of the state pension system is something worthy of getting mad about.

"I don't blame him whatsoever," said Jamie Brock. "He has every right. I'm sure he's got people calling him left and right about this issue. For him to finally have enough and just let it out. I don't blame him whatsoever."

Rep. Bost says he's not sorry about what he said, but he did have some apologies to make.

"To the ones in front of me that got hit with all the papers I threw," said Rep. Bost. "I didn't mean to go off like that ... frustration of the moment."

The legislation representative Bost was so upset about would shift the burden of paying for teacher pensions from a state fund to local school districts - where property taxpayers would pick up the tab.

It would reduce pension benefits for government retirees and gradually require schools to take over retirement costs for their employees.

The pension plan passed in a House committee but was not called for a vote by the full chamber.

His tirade came during a debate over the latest pension reform bill, which would keep the retirement age at 65.

"Total power in one person's hands - not the American way!" Bost yelled on the House floor. "These (expletive) bill that come out of here all the (expletive) time! Come out here (yelling obscenities) … I gotta try to figure out how to vote for my people! How ashamed you should be! You should be ashamed of yourselves!"

They're also concerned about a stipulation in the bill which would require state employees and current retirees to make a huge choice.

Lawmakers are facing a Thursday deadline to put the wraps on the current legislative session.

The bill would keep the retirement age at 65, but state employees and current retirees would have to choose between a retirement plan with smaller cost of living increases and be guaranteed health insurance, or they can forego that insurance and keep their current 3 percent annual raises.

Watch the full YouTube video. *Caution - strong language.

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