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.