WBEZ | Governor Deval Patrick http://www.wbez.org/tags/governor-deval-patrick Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Madigan, Quinn finally connect on pensions http://www.wbez.org/news/madigan-quinn-finally-connect-pensions-107586 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/quinnPension.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn says he finally got in touch with House Speaker Michael Madigan. The governor said he&rsquo;s called a meeting to address pension reform.</p><p>After last week&rsquo;s disappointing end to the legislative session, Quinn tried to meet with legislative leaders to address what he calls the top issue facing the state - pension reform.</p><p>But Quinn said Speaker Michael Madigan doesn&rsquo;t have a cell phone and couldn&rsquo;t be reached.</p><p>On Friday, Quinn said he had a &ldquo;pleasant&rdquo; conversation with Madigan earlier that day and there will be a meeting on Monday.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m telling our legislators, &lsquo;Stop meandering. Forge an agreement that I can sign into law so we can resolve this problem,&rsquo;&rdquo; Quinn told reporters Friday at an unrelated news conference announcing an honorary street name for Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick.</p><p>Quinn has called lawmakers back to Springfield for a one-day special session on June 19th. But it&rsquo;s not yet clear how negotiations over pension reform will have changed by that time or what legislators will be voting on.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="http://www.twitter.com/tonyjarnold">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 09:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/madigan-quinn-finally-connect-pensions-107586