Lame Duck Legislative Session Ends With No Action On Pension Reform
House Speaker Michael Madigan made the motion to adjourn the chamber Monday just before 5 p.m. Members had expected to vote on a last-ditch attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to save the broken-down pension talks. Quinn proposed setting up a commission that could recommend changes to bridge a $96 billion deficit in public-employee pension accounts. The commission's recommendations by April 30 would have taken effect unless the Legislature voted against them.
Top lawmakers feared the move would have been illegal.
A new General Assembly will be sworn in Wednesday.
The bill is SB1673. More information is available online: http://www.ilga.gov
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