CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Pat Quinn says, when state lawmakers go back to Springfield for their final session before the new legislature takes over, addressing the pension mess has to be their top priority.
WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports the governor said Thursday that issues like driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and same-sex marriage are important issues, but he said the most pressing issue for the Illinois General Assembly is reforming and stabilizing the state’s pension systems.
“I would say to all lawmakers – of every party, both houses – the credit rating agencies are poised to downgrade our ratings again, and we can’t afford this,” Quinn said. “We want to keep building things in Illinois – our roads, our bridges, our schools. In order to do that, we have to issue bonds, and if our bond rating is reduced again – our credit rating is reduced – we may not be able to do what we want to do.”