A pension bill working its way through the General Assembly has the House minority leader making strong accusations. The bill passed a House committee Tuesday morning. Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego, pictured) says Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) is up to his old tricks, with a “wink and a nod” to unions, introducing a “poison pill” bill in the early morning, barely an hour before a committee was to hear it. Cross says the bipartisanship which led to Medicaid changes is nowhere to be found.
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Cross says the bill would be fine without a shift in responsibilities to local school districts. Madigan says, “Let’s not get struck up in the emotion in the minute,” that the time for local governments to be “responsible” is here. Cross is upset that his own party’s bill, omitting the shift to local districts. When the controlling Democrats refused to let a Republican version of the bill get a hearing – a common tactic in the House – State Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) went into a paper-throwing tirade.