Illinois lawmakers fail to fix pension mess
Illinois lawmakers failed to fix the state’s pension mess in the lame-duck session that ended Tuesday.
A new General Assembly gets sworn-in on Wednesday.
The House never called its own pension reform bill for lack of votes and lawmakers ignored a last-ditch effort by Gov. Pat Quinn to appoint a super committee whose reform decisions would automatically become law.
State Senate President John Cullerton took a swipe at the governor’s leadership skills, suggesting that getting bills passed isn’t his strong suit, “You know what, I think the guy’s done a good job. Now, it’s not his strength passing legislation in the general assembly. You know that, he’s never really been in the general assembly,” Cullerton told reporters after the legislature had adjourned.
Cullerton promises to get back to work on pension reform first thing Wednesday. He supports a Senate version which he claims saves $29 Billion over 30 years. Illinois’ pension system is underfunded to the tune of $96 Billion, a fact that threatens its credit rating and squeezes out funding for other vital programs like education.