Gov. Pat Quinn says he will meet with top legislative leaders ahead of a Special Session he has called for June 19. Quinn says he talked with House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) Friday and has asked him to meet Monday to try and come to a compromise on public pension reform.
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“I spoke to Speaker Mike Madigan today and we’re meeting on Monday and I look forward to meeting with Mike Madigan and President John Cullerton and the members of the legislature have an obligation,” Quinn said. “They’ve got to work together to put on my desk a pension reform measure so I can sign it into law. They’ve got to forge an agreement. They can do this. This is what they’re elected to do.”
Madigan was unavailable for an earlier meeting this week with Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago). Quinn brushed off the notion that lawmakers would be recalled to Springfield without a pension reform plan, saying that they must come to an agreement. “I intend to push the legislature to do its job night and day between now and the 19th of this month when we resume action,” Quinn said.
In a previous Special Session, lawmakers gaveled in and gaveled out because there was no compromise to vote on. Earlier this week two bond rating agencies downgraded the state after lawmakers last week failed to pass pension reform.