SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he understands Gov. Pat Quinn's frustration in cutting lawmakers salaries for lack of action on pension reform.
The powerful Chicago Democrat released a statement Wednesday saying he is "hopeful" Quinn's strategy works.
The governor cut $13.8 million from a budget bill that covers legislators' paychecks. This was the "consequence" Quinn warned of if the Legislature didn't meet Tuesday's deadline to solve the nearly $100 billion debt in the state's public-employee pension program.
Madigan says he warned his House Democrats during the spring session that "doing nothing or passing only a half-measure" was not an answer. He and Senate President John Cullerton passed separate pension plans out of their chambers which didn't get approval from the opposite house.