The Illinois Senate has passed a pension reform plan that’s backed by employee unions and all three Senators representing the Riverbend. In a 40-16 vote this week trhat fell mostly along party lines, Republican Sam McCann of Carlinville sided with Democrats Bill Haine and Andy Manar in sending the bill to the Illinois House for a vote.
McCann says his vote was a reflection of what his constituents wanted.
The legislation was negotiated by Senate President John Cullerton, and gives workers a choice of new pension options. This leaves lawmakers with dueling bills - Cullerton’s plan which has now passed the Senate, and one backed by House Speaker Mike Madigan, which has cleared the house. Either measure would have to be passed by both chambers to make it to the Governor’s desk and be signed into law.