Public pension reform will be the talk in Springfield when lawmakers return April 8, Gov. Pat Quinn predicts. The House passed a pension reform bill before the spring break and now Quinn hopes the Senate is willing to take up the bill. “I think that bill is going to move over to the Senate and we’ve got to work with our senators to get it passed into law,” Quinn said.
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As for a timeline, Quinn says pension reform must happen before the spring session is adjourned. “It [has] got to happen by the time they adjourn on May 31,” Quinn said. “We cannot run in place any longer. This has got to happen.” The bill passed in the House only addresses some of the proposed pension reform ideas: It caps pensionable income, and it limits cost-of-living adjustments. Quinn contends public pension reform would provide more money for schools, public health and law enforcement. Public employee unions contend changes to public pensions are unconstitutional.