Frerichs looking for more effort from Quinn on pensions, gaming

Frerichs looking for more effort from Quinn on pensions, gaming

A local lawmaker said Governor Pat Quinn has not been clear enough on what kind of pension reform proposal he wants.

Democratic State Senator Mike Frerichs of Champaign said the lawsuit filed by leaders of the House and Senate filed against Quinn for cutting lawmakers' pay is out of a concern that Quinn is setting a precedent for future legislative issues.

Frerichs, who's exploring a run for state treasurer, said when Quinn cut the pay of lawmakers, he was posturing for the next election but was also pushing for a solution on pension reform.  He said Quinn has been invited to to meet with the conference committee that's working on a pension solution, but so far he has declined to attend the meetings.

Meanwhile, Frerichs said he's still waiting for the governor to put his concerns on gambling expansion into bill form.

Governor Quinn has already vetoed two bills that would have added five casinos to the state, including one in Danville.  Frerichs said members of the legislature are willing to work with Quinn on his concerns with gambling expansion.  So Frerichs said it's frustrating that he hasn't gotten much response from Quinn on the issue.

Frerichs made the comments Tuesday on the WDWS Morning Show.

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