Pension committee calls deadline for reform "unrealistic"

By WEEK Producer

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Pension Reform Conference Committee met for a third time Monday, one day before the deadline imposed by the Governor to come up with a workable pension reform bill.

After a representative of the governor lectured them about their failure to come up with an agreement, committee members decided to do some fault-finding of their own about a lack of leadership from the governor.

"It's one thing to throw out generalities, but it comes down to the buck stops here," said state Senator Bill Brady, (R) Bloomington.

"The General Assembly is not the enemy here and this Conference Committee is not the enemy." said state Representative Mike Zalewski, (D) Riverside.

"I would join my colleagues in urging we work together, that we don't work at cross-purposes and that we not working at odds," said state Representative Elaine Nekritz, (D) Des Plaines.

While the members of the Conference Committee called Quinn's July 9 deadline "unrealistic", the deadline for concealed carry legislation is real.

Governor Quinn used the signing of two anti-gang bills on Monday to call for the legislature to uphold his changes to concealed carry.

Lawmakers are likely to override the Governor's changes to the bill. However, that doesn't mean concealed carry would immediately become law.

Illinois State Police would have 180 days to implement the new program. After that FOID card holders can apply for a concealed carry permit.

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