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Top Illinois senator urges House vote on pension plan

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton wants the Illinois House to vote on his pension reform plan, which has passed the Senate.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton wants the Illinois House to vote on his pension reform plan, which has passed the Senate.

SPRINGFIELD –  Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging a House vote on his pension-reform plan even though Speaker Michael Madigan has his own proposal.

Cullerton told The Associated Press Wednesday he believes House members want to vote on his measure to close a $97 billion debt in the pension systems.

House members say the Cullerton legislation doesn't save enough money. Cullerton says it can survive a court challenge.

Madigan moved his plan to the Senate. Cullerton says there isn't enough support to pass it there.

Cullerton points out his legislation got 40 votes in the Senate — an extraordinary majority — while Madigan's plan got just two more than the 60 votes needed to pass the House.

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The Cullerton bill is SB2404. The Madigan bill is SB1.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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