Committee considers Illinois pension commission

January 8, 2013

The Associated Press

A House committee is considering a proposal to create a commission that could reform the public pension system without legislative input.

Pension-reform sponsor Rep. Elaine Nekritz called House Personnel and Pension Committee to a meeting Tuesday afternoon to consider an amendment to her bill.

She said earlier she didn't think she had enough votes to pass comprehensive reform.

The change would create an eight-member commission to come up with recommendations by April 30 for closing a $96 billion deficit.

It could enact those reforms with a majority of five votes unless overturned by the Legislature.

Gov. Pat Quinn told the committee the panel was like the federal commission that closes military bases.

He called the measure "extraordinary action" to help break the gridlock.