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.
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn is asking lawmakers to approve a plan that has previously stalled in the state senate. He has called legislators back to Springfield next week for a special, one-day session to address pension reform after they adjourned for the summer without sending a bill to the governor’s desk for approval.
The 5-4 vote approving a controversial pension bill in an Illinois House committee Tuesday night didn’t seem to surprise the standing room-only crowd.But the debate gave labor leaders and lawmakers their first chance in months to toss verbal jabs.The bill would require current state workers, teacher
Right or wrong, there's a perception that Illinois politics is a game played best by a well-connected few. This next story won't improve that image.Some of the state's political insiders make big money by lobbying the politicians they help elect.