CHICAGO (CBS) — In his first public appearance since formally entering the race for governor, Bill Daley attacked his two likely Democratic primary opponents for the state’s pension crisis, saying Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have shown a lack of leadership on the issue.
Two days ahead of a special session of the Illinois General Assembly – ordered by the governor to address the state’s $100 billion pension debt – Daley said Quinn should threaten to veto any pension plan that doesn’t save as much money as the plan backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, who is also the attorney general’s father.
Daley further said Lisa Madigan – who has said she is considering a bid for governor, but has yet to formally enter the race – should issue a legal opinion on the constitutionality of the House plan and a competing plan backed by Senate President John Cullerton.
“In my opinion, the attorney general should be asked to write an opinion on the constitutionality of both bills. This has been the root of the problem over the last six months. The Senate’s been stuck on the fact that their bill is constitutional and all other bills are not constitutional,” Daley said.