Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t ready to endorse a pension reform deal being discussed by the conference committee. Quinn said based on what he has seen of it, the plan “has a lot of good ideas,” but the 10-member legislative panel is still hammering out details.
“I really feel that the committee needs to finalize its work and get a bill before the House and Senate so we can get a vote,” Quinn said.
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Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) has endorsed the plan, which would save an estimated $138 billion over 30 years. Several legislators have criticized Quinn for not publicly voicing his support for a particular proposal.
Both Quinn and Cullerton say they hope a bill will be ready to act on by the veto session, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 22.