Gov. Pat Quinn appears happy about the progress state lawmakers have been making on pension reforms.
A leading state lawmaker said a bipartisan pension reform committee has been making progress toward a deal, though not as quickly as they’d like.
“This is going to be a landmark case,” said Gov. Pat Quinn, who used his veto power last month to block lawmakers’ salaries over their failure to reach an agreement on pension reform.
Seeking to pressure lawmakers into acting on comprehensive pension reform, Gov. Pat Quinn used his budgetary veto powers on Wednesday to suspend legislative salaries until they come up with a plan.
The Governor is holding fast to next Tuesday’s deadline for a pension reform bill; the lawmakers are saying there’s no way they can do it.
A meeting between Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s four legislative leaders ended Friday afternoon without much progress towards pension reform, and it appears next week’s special session won’t bring a solution.
House Speaker Michael Madigan has taken steps to replace Senate President John Cullerton’s pension reform plan with his own plan, even though the speaker’s plan was soundly defeated in the Senate last month.
Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross said Wednesday that he believes there’s an ulterior motive behind the ongoing pension reform standoff between House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.
After meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn for more than an hour and a half, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton seemed friendly, but not much closer to resolving their differences over pension reform.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan might not be in touch with Gov. Pat Quinn, but there might be some behind-the-scenes work ahead to resolve the state’s pension reform impasse before a special session of the General Assembly on June 19.
Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session of the Illinois General Assembly in two weeks, after the state’s credit rating was downgraded again over lawmakers’ failure to approve comprehensive pension reforms.
Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka threw her support behind Senate President John Cullerton’s pension plan on Tuesday, calling it the best bet for solving the state’s $100 billion pension crisis.
The Democrat-controlled Legislature began piecing together a new state budget Tuesday that avoids the steep cuts of recent years and also gave final approval to a historic expansion of Medicaid, as Republicans accused their colleagues across the aisle of having “an insatiable appetite to spend money we don’t have.”
Public school administrators told lawmakers Thursday that some local districts would have to raise property taxes if legislators vote to have them cover the cost of teacher pensions.
The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to send a union-supported pension reform bill to the House, leaving lawmakers with two competing proposals for dealing with the nation’s worst state pension crisis just weeks before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn.
The Illinois House has approved a comprehensive pension-reform plan for the first time after years of talks.
Labor leaders threatened a lawsuit Wednesday over House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension-reform proposal to lower the retirement benefits of public employees in Illinois, but a committee advanced the plan anyway.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan sought Tuesday to tackle the pension crisis through a single piece of legislation that would require government employees and teachers to contribute more toward their retirement but receive fewer benefits in return.
Governor Quinn says he found this his toughest budget to deliver to Illinois lawmakers, and it’s getting criticism from both sides of the aisle, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Several state lawmakers have opted out of their legislative pensions, while the state continues to struggle with a massive pension debt, but a local budget policy group said the lawmakers’ actions are neither effective, nor relevant.