Illinois House members will vote next month whether to expel indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) and at the same time Gov. Pat Quinn wants them to take up pension reform. In a memo from the house speaker, lawmakers were told to return to Springfield August 17 with adjournment set for the same day. A two-thirds vote is required to remove Smith.
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While the one day session will focus on Smith, lawmakers have the ability to add other items to the agenda. Quinn has hinted to lawmakers that he will call them back to Springfield for a vote on pension reforms and Friday he said August 17 works for him. “My understanding speaking to the leaders that’s the time that the members are joining us in Springfield and that’s a good time to work on pensions and not just work on it but to make progress and to pass some laws that deal with this very important issue of reform,” Quinn said.
But some aren’t convinced there’s an agreement on public pension reform. “I think that there is still a difference of opinion between both caucuses on what the final product should be,” said State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs).Illinois has at least $85 billion in unfunded pension liability.