The pension debate in Springfield has not yet yielded a bill, but several lawmakers from the Metro-East have developed strong opinions on the topic. Some Republicans claim Speaker Michael Madigan has too much power, with the introduction of a bill just a few hours to study it before it hit the floor for debate.
Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon:
Democrat Dan Beiser of Alton has similar views.
In the end, the House adjourned without taking a vote on the pension proposal. Republicans say a "cost shift" section in the proposal puts too much weight on downstate and suburban schools, leaving them to bear the brunt of the pension fix. Democrats will need Republican support to push the measure through.