Governor Quinn has called lawmakers back to Springfield to deal with pension reform but Senate President John Cullerton wants Quinn to rescind the order. Doing so will keep taxpayers from footing the more than 40-thousand-dollar a day bill. That covers per diems and travel expenses for each legislator.
Cullerton says he shares Quinn's interest in resolving the state's pension issues but it doesn't make sense to make taxpayers pay for it. He says he will call the Senate back to session on August 17th. If Cullerton makes the call, senators will not receive the per diem or travel reimbursements. Cullerton wants the House to act on a reform bill that passed the Senate May 31st. It would change pension payouts for lawmakers and state employees, but not teachers or university employees.