Governor Quinn Talks Veto Session Voting and Pension Reform

By WEEK Producer

October 28, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM CDT

NORMAL, Ill -- Governor Pat Quinn says he won't stop fighting for consumers rights despite the house's vote to override his veto on ComEd and Ameren's requests for rate hikes to pay for system upgrades. That was one of the topics Quinn was asked about about during a visit Friday at Heartland Community college.

Governor Quinn says house staffers may have violated state law by casting votes for lawmakers during the veto session this week.

Some house members who were off the floor voted "yes" during a roll call of the smart grid bill even though they opposed it. When they returned they asked that their votes be recorded as "no".

Quinn says the house inspector general is investigating the vote switch.

"I think anybody that goes through our U.S. capital knows how important it is that the members who are elected are the only one who can vote their constituency. The idea that some outsider can come along and flick the switch of a member would be highly improper in Washington D.C. and it should be highly improper in any capital in America," says Quinn.

As for pension reform Quinn says he does not expect any action soon but adds its an on-going process.

"We must use all our skill to fashion a pension reform that's good for the public, good for all those who are beneficiaries and do it in a way that abides by the words of the constitution," says Quinn.

Quinn who is chair of the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating council was one of the speakers at the annual Sustainable Universities and Colleges Symposium at Heartland community college.

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