It did not take long to accomplish what Wednesday's special legislative session set out to do: kill a bill and form a committee. It would have wrapped up sooner, but there was a fire alarm at the Capitol early in the afternoon.

Gov. Pat Quinn set a July 9 deadline for a conference committee to complete a bill that can get to his desk to solve the estimated $100 billion state pension crisis.

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“The conference committee is that crowbar necessary to break the gridlock,” said the governor after the session adjourned. “If I could have done an executive order to resolve this, I would have done it, and I would have done it a long time ago!”

Quinn did not accept the suggestion that the work will take more than three weeks to complete. The conference committee includes appointees from each caucus.

In alphabetical order:

  • State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston)
  • State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington)
  • State Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora)
  • State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine)
  • State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook)
  • State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago)
  • State Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville)
  • State Rep. Jil (cq) Tracy (R-Quincy)
  • State Rep. Art Turner (D-Chicago)
  • State Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside)