Illinois pensions session a dry hole
Gov. Pat Quinn’s one-day special session on pension reform fizzled Friday, to the surprise of few Springfield watchers.
Lawmakers adjourned without moving any reform forward, not even a plan to reform their own pension system along similar lines of what they want to impose on other state employees.
The House passed an amendment to a Senate pension bill that would make lawmakers in the General Assembly Retirement System choose between getting their automatic 3 percent raises each year or state-subsidized health insurance. But while the amendment passed on a 54-53 vote, it was short of the 60 votes needed to send the bill back to the Senate for concurrence.
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