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.
After saying he couldn’t reach Illinois’ House Speaker because he doesn’t carry a cell phone, Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday said he finally got in touch with Speaker Michael Madigan. The governor said he’s called a meeting to address pension reform for Monday.
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.