Illinois Senate President Cullerton Wants Votes on Pensions and Gay MarriageCHICAGO (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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