Politicians routinely use strong language when they talk about the pension crisis. Are there any adjectives left to describe how bad this situation is that we aren’t already desensitized to? Any fear-inspiring idioms or cliches left out? That’s where you come in.
Democratic leaders in the Illinois Legislature said Friday that they would try again to pass a pension-reform plan backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, rejecting a request from Gov. Pat Quinn to form a bipartisan conference committee to solve the state's worst-in-the-nation $97 billion crisis.
After all the big talk, rare legislative proceedings and countless vows, Illinois lawmakers left Springfield having failed to deliver on a fix to the state's nearly $100 billion pension debacle, setting up an even more difficult road ahead.