Two somewhat similar pension proposals moved out of a top committee Wednesday in hopes of generating momentum on addressing Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation pension problem.
With a calm but scolding tone, the Democrat facing re-election in 20 months used tough language to describe the pension hole that will suck nearly $7 billion of the state’s general revenue in the coming year.
The agency says public pension reform is critical to Illinois’ fiscal position.
Christine Radogno says the lame duck session didn’t live up to the hype; “a lot of expectation, and not a lot of substance happened.”
The proposal to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples will get a committee hearing but there aren’t currently enough votes to pass it on the floor.
Illinois could have $275 million more for road and bridge projects this year if lawmakers approve a Department of Transportation funding plan.
Lawmakers could consider legislation on driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, pensions and gay marriage.
“If you are asked for a photo ID, it’s not required, but do not leave your precinct if you’re asked for that,” State Sen. Terry Link said.
Illinois lawmakers have been called back to the Capitol with orders to work on the state’s massive pension problem.
The lawmakers argued Sunday that reversing benefits after they’ve been earned, even by questionable means, is probably unconstitutional.