State Rep. Joe Sosnowski recently joined the show to discuss the possibility of changing the Illinois Constitution to pave the way for pension reform in the state. It's not the first time I've heard the argument. As Sosnowski writes in an op-ed:

I believe it is time to remove the single, most significant barricade to enacting meaningful pension reform, the pension protection clause. Changing the Illinois Constitution is a long process, but it is a course that involves voter participation by all stakeholders...To be clear, this doesn’t mean public employees will lose their pensions if approved, it would simply provide the state with a viable pathway to improve the current systems and allow for a compromise that is reasonable to retirees and taxpayers.

This is a solution that could take some time, as it requires three-fifths majority approval by the General Assembly then placement on a general election ballot where voters make the choice.

During the conversation we also focused on a question that has been popping up all over the place: does a recently approved bill ban Illinois residents from taping police officers? Sosnowski says there's a lot of misunderstandings about the law. He attempts to clarify below: