Rose: legislative leaders holding up pension reform

Rose: legislative leaders holding up pension reform

A local state senator said the top three leaders in the state are holding up progress on pension reform.

Lawmakers will head back to Springfield next week to try to fix the state's nearly $100 billion pension problem.  House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton each have their own plan, and Governor Pat Quinn wants the two plans combined.  But so far that has not happened.

And Senator Chapin Rose, a Republican from Mahomet, said the lack of cooperation between the three leaders is slowing down progress.

Rose, who supports the Cullerton pension plan, added that he doesn't know what to expect out of next week's special session.  He pointed out that Governor Quinn called a special session last year, and not much progress was made there.

Rose made the comments Thursday on the NewsTalk 1400 WDWS Morning Show.

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samret wrote on June 14, 2013 at 7:06 am

Senator Rose:  Please explain why, when it is widely acknowledged that the retirees had no role in creating the current problem with the Pension Fund, it is considered ok to take money away from the retirees to fix the problem?  Please also explain why no other proposal has been given any consideration?