CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton wants to push forward with a pension overhaul "as quickly as possible" and says the timing is good to move forward with legalizing gay marriage.
He spoke to the City Club of Chicago on Monday, giving a slide-slow presentation on Illinois' financial problems.
The Chicago Democrat stressed the need for addressing Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension problem, which he says drains the state budget.
Cullerton introduced a bill after lawmakers were sworn in this month. Senate Bill 1 combines a Senate-approved measure along with a bill that failed to get a House roll-call.
He says he's working to get support. The Senate reconvenes next week.
Cullerton says Standard & Poor's recent credit rating downgrade should motivate lawmakers to act.
The bill is SB 1.