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Despite Pay Suspension, Still No Pension Reform
Illinois lawmakers still haven't put a pension reform bill on Gov. Pat Quinn's desk--despite the fact the governor suspended their salaries almost three weeks ago.
Right now, the topic of pension reform is in the hands of a 10-member conference committee. That committee hasn't met in its entirety since two days before Quinn vetoed lawmaker salaries.
That has some people wondering if the governor's action has slowed the process--either by simply angering lawmakers or by a desire by some to take their time so Quinn can't take credit for a bill being passed.
The veto didn't just target the committee. It affected all lawmakers, including Republican Rep. Raymond Poe, who said he's not sure if Quinn's move has had any effect on the process.
"They've been working on this thing for five years," Poe said. "And all of the sudden the governor's misled somewhere that it's going to happen in 30 days. And to get a good bill that I think we can work with and all parties of interest would be in on that, I think it's going to take a little longer than that."
Poe thinks we'd be lucky if the pension issue is solved by veto session at the end of October.
As for the conference committee, we're told two separate subcommittees met last Monday and the previous Friday.
The conference committee is looking at a new framework based on a plan introduced by state universities, but there's no special session scheduled to vote on any pension reform measures.