Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t dismissing the idea of calling a special session during the state fair to solve the state’s pension problem. “If legislators would like to join the fun, and also do an important job for the people of Illinois, that would be an ideal time," Quinn said. Quinn called a one-day session during the fair last year, but no bill was passed. A special session in June yielded similar results.
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What Quinn did dismiss was rival Bill Daley’s suggestion to sequester top state leaders in the Executive Mansion to get a deal done. “Well, he’s over there on the sidelines saying that. I think one of the best ways to get the message through to legislators how important this is, is they’re not going to get paid until they get this job done,” the governor said.
A House-Senate conference committee is discussing a solution to the state’s $100 billion unfunded pension liability, but has already missed Quinn’s initial July 9 deadline to report.