Gov. Pat Quinn doesn’t believe Republicans on the pension reform conference committee are playing any political games. Three of the Republicans on the committee – State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) and State Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) – are running for higher office next year – Brady for governor, Tracy for lieutenant governor and Senger for Congress.
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Quinn says just because the committee has yet to recommend legislation doesn’t mean those members are stalling for political gain. “I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Quinn said. “I think we should always, if you take the oath of office, do what’s best for the people, do what’s good for the common good, and to just play politics is really the wrong way to go.”
The committee is discussing a pension proposal projected to save the state $138 billion over the next 30 years. Quinn is hopeful a bill will be ready to vote on in time for the veto session, which starts Oct. 22.