Telling state lawmakers to go to the Capitol and do something is not the same thing as giving them a piece of legislation to debate and decide. Two weeks from Friday, the Illinois House and Senate will be in session to, Gov. Pat Quinn hopes to shore up state pension systems which may ultimately be underfunded into the nine digits, as House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) projects.
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The Senate has already passed legislation addressing two of the state’s five systems. Cross, while praising the governor for at least calling lawmakers back to work, admits there is a long way to go to complete the changes the governor wants. For his part, Cross says Quinn should try to keep everyone in Springfield until they are finished.
One point of discussion in the pension crisis this year has been whether to force local school districts to pay into the teachers’ pension plans. The state has been making that contribution for Downstate districts.