Democrats To Try Again on Madigan's Pension BillCHICAGO (AP) - Democratic leaders in the Illinois Legislature will 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 left saying they would first 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 on Wednesday.
A conference committee could be called if the chambers remain deadlocked.
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