Quinn Calls for Vote on Pension Reform in August

By: Meghan Dwyer Email
By: Meghan Dwyer Email

Governor Pat Quinn says he wants to push forward with "full-scale" pension reform. He's calling lawmakers back into session on Aug.14 to discuss the state's $83 billion debt.

Quinn has suggested local school districts pay their own pension costs. District 205 in Rockford says it would have to come up with $14-16 million extra dollars to pay teacher pensions. Right now they are paid by the state.

The pension issue has been on hold all summer. State Rep. Jim Sacia (R) says even if lawmakers return to Springfield next month, there's no way anyone will be ready to vote on the issue.

"The soup isn't even close to being made as to a good pension proposal," Sacia says.

Lawmakers were supposed to return to Springfield on Aug. 17th anyway to vote on whether to expel indicted Derrick Smith from the legislature.

If they do end up voting on pension reform, any proposal would require a 3/5 majority vote to pass. Sacia says getting 71 lawmakers to agree on pension reform before January would be nearly impossible.

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