Gov. Pat Quinn believes two longtime friends will work to get a pension reform deal on his desk soon. Calling the House speaker and Senate president friends who have worked with each other for a long time, Quinn says the two will work on pension reform if that’s what they both want. “They are good friends. Everybody knows this,” Quinn said. “When they want to put their priority on my desk for me to sign into law, they work together and they can do that here. They know how to do it. It’s not like this is some newfound opportunity. They’ve done it over and over again and it’s time for them to do it on this critical priority.”
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Quinn has asked Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) to roll a Senate bill and a House bill into one package that can be voted on when lawmakers go to Springfield for a special session next week. Quinn says he will work to get support for the plan. “I do that all the time and I will continue to do that,” Quinn said.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) contends that two House bills already sent to the Senate should be voted on. He believes that is simple compared to what Quinn is calling for.