What you see isn't about pensions, although the politicians want you to believe that. It's about buying votes with pork barrel projects while allowing infrastructure to fall apart. Educate yourself as to what is going on.
Pensions have been part of the state forever. Other states have them as well.
Look at the people we elect. The corrupt leaders like Blago, Durbin, Ryan and others. Don't blame a guy who put out fires for a living or a teacher who attempts to get through to your kid. Please give that some thought.