Springfield, Ill. — When Illinois’ coalition of labor unions sued over the state’s recent pension reforms, big public sector unions pointed to several current and retired workers as victims of the modest reforms.

But a joint review by Illinois Watchdog and For the Good of Illinois of the salary and pensions shows these workers are anything but victims.

“The people in the private sector just cannot match the salaries, the (perks) and the benefit packages offered by government,” said Adam Andrzejewski, founder of For the Good of Illinois and its website OpenThyeBooks.com.