Illinois Democratic leaders meet about pension reform

By WEEK Reporter

June 10, 2013 Updated Jun 10, 2013 at 7:09 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn met with Democratic leaders on Monday to hash out a solution to Illinois' $100 billion pension crisis.

During the two-hour meeting of the minds, Quinn proposed combining the dueling Senate and House pension plans and letting the courts sort it out.

Senate President John Cullerton said he will reintroduce the legislation June 19.

House Speaker Mike Madigan, however, called on the Senate to pass the House plan.

"I think this is the time for the governor to step up and meet with Senate President Cullerton, meet with these senators one at at time and persuade them of the urgency of this vote for the House Pension bill in the Senate and vote for the House bill eliminating the free lunch for the universities and community colleges,” said Madigan.

Cullerton says he is unsure if the combined legislation would have enough votes to pass.

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