The answer: In his office, on the second floor of the state Capitol in Springfield. The question: Where was Gov. Pat Quinn while the conference committee on pensions was meeting two floors above his office? The committee issued an invitation for the governor to either attend or send a designee. That designee was budget director Jerry Stermer, and the lawmakers and Quinn’s office disagree over the message that sends.
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Raoul told Stermer, “If I’m governor and the committee is not working at a good enough pace,” as Gov. Quinn has suggested, “I’m working with that committee every day, and if I get an invitation to be at the table with the committee, I’m not sending a designee. I’ll be here myself!”
“It just seems inconsistent with the rhetoric that you’re going to get things done, and then you don’t come to meetings that you’re invited to,” State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) said before changing the subject. “But I think the more important thing that is going on with regard to pensions right now is: I think there is more momentum towards a solution than there’s been in the last three years.”
The conference committee has not scheduled its next meeting.