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Illinois Senate President Cullerton Wants Votes on Pensions and Gay Marriage

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Senate President John Cullerton wants to push forward with a pension overhaul "as quickly as possible" and says the timing is good to move forward with legalizing gay marriage.  He spoke to the City Club of Chicago on Monday, giving a slide-slow presentation on Illinois' financial problems.  

The Chicago Democrat stressed the need for addressing Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension problem, which he says drains the state budget.  Cullerton introduced a bill after lawmakers were sworn in this month. Senate Bill 1 combines a Senate-approved measure along with a bill that failed to get a House roll-call.  

He says he's working to get support. The Senate reconvenes next week.  Cullerton says Standard & Poor's recent credit rating downgrade should motivate lawmakers to act.

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