97th General Assembly adjourns; kicks 'pension can' down road

By Anna Yee

January 8, 2013 Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 12:33 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The state's biggest challenge, pension reform, now lies in the hands of the next General Assembly.

The Speaker of the House officially adjourned the legislative session Tuesday evening, without ever calling the pension reform bill to the floor.

That means the new General Assembly will take it up after being sworn in Wednesday.

However, the pension issue didn't go completely untouched.

Governor Quinn proposed a plan Tuesday that would create an eight-person "review" commission to help "fix" the latest pension proposal.

That's instead of the General Assembly taking a vote on it Tuesday night or Wednesday.

However, that amendment died on the House floor as the house adjourned.

Quinn says getting Illinois back into shape is still his top priority, although that doesn't come without its fair share of doubt.

"The real disgrace around here is that we haven't got this pension bill passed," said State Rep. David Leitch, (R-73rd District). "I find that just outrageous. I can't, for the life of me, full understand why."

"Our economy. That's what's being held hostage, the Illinois economy," said Governor Pat Quinn, (D). "The jobs that people depend on to raise their families, their livelihoods. That's being held hostage by political timidity. People have to, in the legislature, understand that the jobs of the people of Illinois are our number one priority."

The 98th General Assembly is set to be sworn in Wednesday at noon.

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