A return to Springfield in the future for members of the Illinois General Assembly

By WEEK Producer

A return to Springfield in the future for members of the Illinois General Assembly

November 13, 2013 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Members of the Illinois General Assembly have been told to prepare to return to Springfield for a vote on Pension Reform.

Presumably that means the pension reform committee is close to a deal worth voting on.

The four legislative leaders met this morning in Chicago and Tuesday, December third, is the date named by House Speaker Michael Madigan for a return to Springfield.

One Representative told News 25 that it was likely a deal had been struck or there would be no need for a call-back.

But, a Pension Committee member told NBC-Chicago that there was no deal yet.

Earlier this month, Speaker Mike Madigan said legislative leaders were waiting for actuaries to crunch numbers on some of the proposals.

Members of the General Assembly were told to keep the rest of that week open if the session ran more than a day.

The 100-billion dollar pension crisis has resulted in a reduction in Illinois' bond rating.