As lawmakers close out their fall session, there is optimism they’ll be back next month to vote on pension reform. A vote during the first week in December is dependent on what the actuaries say about the most recent proposals sent out to be scored. State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), a member of the conference committee on pension reform, says the results should be back by early next week.
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“I do know that some of the leaders have asked for additional scoring on some issues that they want to see if it makes sense to include them in the package,” said Brady. “That all should be done and allow for action no later than the first week in December.” That action, however, is dependent on the numbers that come back from the actuaries matching up with the expectations of the committee and the four legislative leaders, says Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago). “If not, then we might have to go once again and tweak it again,” said Cullerton.