Lawmakers Point Fingers For Lack Of Pension Reform
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Legislators have different explanations for why the Illinois House has adjourned without voting on any pension-related measures.
Republican Rep. Randy Ramey of Carol Stream blames a power struggle among Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton —all Democrats— for the lack of a solution for the state's $96 billion in unfunded pension liability.
Meanwhile, Chicago Democrat Rep. Monique Davis defended Quinn saying he has being proactive in offering solutions.
Chicago Democratic Rep. Edward Acevedo says he doesn't blame anyone for the absence of action in the House.
House lawmakers had a plan before them that included higher contributions from employees and reduced benefits for retirees. Some lawmakers voiced concerns over the plans constitutionality. The House adjourned Tuesday evening without voting on it.