Gov: Madigan to attend Monday meeting on pensions
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says he has spoken with House Speaker Michael Madigan and they plan to sit down Monday to discuss how to fix Illinois' $97 billion pension crisis.
Quinn has been trying to meet with Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton since the Legislature adjourned last Friday without a pension deal.
Madigan didn't attend a meeting the governor called Tuesday. But Quinn says Madigan told him Friday that he will attend a meeting on Monday.
Quinn has called lawmakers back to Springfield for a June 19 special legislative session on pensions. He says he will push legislators every day until then to forge an agreement to fix the worst-in-the-nation pension problem.
Quinn called the special session after two credit rating agencies downgraded Illinois' rating because of the Legislature's inaction.