Madigan’s Pension Plan To Get Another Try In Senate

Democratic leaders in the Illinois Legislature have decided to try again to pass a pension-reform plan from House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton met Friday in Chicago with Gov. Pat Quinn. The governor wanted the leaders to form a conference committee to forge a compromise on the state’s $97 billion pension crisis.
But leaders came out of the meeting saying they wouldn’t form a committee. Instead they said they would try again to pass Madigan’s bill in the Senate. The measure got 16 yes votes during the session and will need 36 during next week’s special session. 
Madigan and Cullerton are in a stalemate over the pension problem. They each had competing pension bills. Cullerton says he’s not optimistic Madigan’s bill will get the needed votes. (AP)

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