Is Dec. 3 D-Day?

Is Dec. 3 D-Day?

After Thanksgiving and the election filing period, legislators again are scheduled to consider public pension legislation.

Illinois legislators have another rendezvous with destiny next week, but it's anyone's guess whether they have the stomach to keep it.

The Democratic leaders of the state House and Senate have advised their members to gather for a one-day session on Dec. 3, presumably to take another whack at passing a pension bill that will address the $100 billion underfunding problem.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno has stated that there won't be a "lot of surprises" in the propopals that a special group of legislators has cobbled together. What will be a surprise is if legislators actually pass anything. After all, they've repeatedly failed to do so in the past.

But it's a sure bet that Gov. Pat Quinn and leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties are twisting arms in an effort to get enough members of both parties to pass something.

Public employee unions have vowed to stop any kind of pension fix that requires financial sacrifice by their members. They've been successful in the past in stopping a pension fix. Whether they can do so one more time will be the major topic of conversation next week in Springfield.

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