CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois House and Senate leaders emerging from two days of negotiations are saying “We have a deal.”
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine was there when the so-called 4 tops, the House and Senate, Democratic and Republican leaders emerged from their talks.
Levine reports that they say they’re almost there, and they’ll spend the holiday weekend lining up the votes for a measure that could pull Illinois back from the brink of financial disaster.
“We’ve been downgraded 12 times in the last years, this is gonna stop that,” said State Senator Jim Durkin.
Senate President John Cullerton, whose opposition blocked the last pension reform bill, snuck out a side door, though his spokesman cautioned that we shouldn’t read too much into that.