Governor blames General Assembly for pension inaction

By WEEK Producer

June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton met Tuesday to discuss Illinois' pension crisis.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was not there for the hour-long meeting. Reportedly he was out of state and does not have a cell phone.

Afterward, the Governor blamed the General Assembly for inaction on the pension issue.

"If I could issue an executive order to reform the public pension system, it would have been done a long time ago,” said Quinn. “Unfortunately, the legislature has not met its responsibility of putting a bill on my desk. I'm going to keep pushing them until they do, and that includes the leaders and everyone else."

The Governor says while a concealed carry bill has passed both chambers; it has yet to arrive to his desk.

The federal deadline to enact a concealed carry law is this Sunday.

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