Quinn's next plan for pension reform

By Joe Bennett

August 21, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 9:15 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn was in Peoria Tuesday speaking on the pension reform bill that failed to pass the Illinois House on Friday.

The Governor says now it is time for Illinois residents to put voting power in their own hands.

Quinn has announced plans for a campaign to encourage what he calls 'grassroots politics'. That could include ballot referendum by the Governor's decision or a ballot initiative organized by the people.

"It's time for the Governor to sound the alarm for the tax payers of illinois that we will have pension reform," Quinn said, "and if the legislators who are resisting it won't do it, tell them to get out of the way. The people are coming through. The taxpayers are ready to act."

Governor Quinn says he will announce specifics of his plan in mid-September.

He stopped in the River City to sign a bill giving children access to certain vaccinations at a younger age.

The bill allows pharmacists at stores like Kroger or Walgreens to administer vaccinations to 10-year-olds.

Before the bill was signed, children under 14 could not receive influenza, tetanus or diphtheria shots from pharmacies.

Quinn said, "It's important that we make this as available and easy and convenient for our busy citizens across Illinois who are working jobs and raising children."

The law provides more access to vaccinations for children requiring immunization records to start the school year.

Pharmacies are required to see a prescription from a licensed physician.

The bill takes effect immediately.

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