Top Illinois senator urges House vote on pension plan

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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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