Second vote planned on Madigan backed pension reform proposal

By WEEK Reporter

June 14, 2013 Updated Jun 14, 2013 at 10:36 PM CDT

Lawmakers will return to Springfield Wednesday for a special session to resolve the state's $100 billion pension crisis. On the agenda: a new vote on Senate Bill one.

The House approved pension reform measure originally failed in the Senate only receiving 16 of the 36 needed votes. Senate President John Cullerton is not optimistic that the votes will change.

"A number of our Senators are disappointed that the Speaker has not called the bill that they vote for - overwhelmingly along with republicans," St. Sen. John Cullerton, (D) 6th Dist., Senate President. "That has nearly 3/5 votes, that saves $57 billion, and has an immediate effective date. They are saying Mr. Speaker we called your bill, why don't you call ours?"

Senate Bill one needs 36 votes to pass. If it doesn't, Quinn wants to form a bi-partisan conference committee with five legislators from each chamber to resolve the differing pension proposals.

Cullerton says he is open to the idea, but House Speaker Mike Madigan calls it quote "an effort by the governor to distance himself from the process."