Allen (Al) Grosboll was an executive assistant to Governor Jim Edgar from 1991 to January 1999 and one of Edgar's key advisors. In that capacity, Grosboll observed the governor's attempt to begin fixing the state's long-standing public pension problem, a plan hammered out with the Democratically controlled IL House in 1994 that eventually became known as the ramp. The plan required the state to make payments into the state's five pension systems, with the amount of those payments increasing each year. By the 2010s the plan, by then referred to as the 'Edgar Ramp,' was being widely criticized. Grosboll sought to correct the record on that characterization of the plan.