Illinois Lawmakers have adjourned their spring session but will likely return at to the Capitol sometime this summer after failing to reach agreement on solving the state’s $83-billion dollar pension problem. House Republican leader Tom Crossaf decided not to call a bill to restructure the state’s five pension systems when it became clear that he would not have enough Democratic votes to pass the measure.
Capitolfax editor Rich Miller leads off this week’s program with analysis of why the pension issue imploded in the last week of the spring session. Next, we’ll examine pensions and other key issues this session in an exclusive “newsmaker” interview with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago. Speaker Madigan tells Illinois Lawmakers’ Jak Tichenor he would not vote for the pension reform plan after it had been stripped of a measure to shift pension costs from the state to local districts, state universities, and community colleges.
Later, an in-depth discussion on pensions with House Personnel and Pensions Committee Chair Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D) Northbrook and Assistant Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady of Bloomington, both are members of the Governor’s pension working group.