Benjamin Yount, Metro Networks
Springfield, IL -(Effingham Radio)- A new report says every adult in the state of Illinois is on the hook for four thousand-dollars of the cost to pay for healthcare for retired teachers.
The report from the Bellwether Education Partners says, as a state, Illinois owes 54 billion-dollars to cover healthcare costs for retired teachers.
Illinois is one of 35 states that offer retired teachers a generous healthcare package.
The study is quick to add that the 54 billion doesn’t include the tens-of-billions of dollars that taxpayers owe to cover teacher pensions in the state.