Kirk urges action on Illinois Credit Rating

By Vanessa Johnson

September 18, 2012 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM CDT


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Republican Senator Mark Kirk is urging action on Illinois pension reform.

"Everyone inside the borders of Illinois is disadvantaged by these higher interest costs because of poor debt management. I think it's time for decisive bipartisan action to make sure our state does not have the worst credit rating of all 50 states," Kirk.

Meanwhile, Kirk's democratic colleague, Senator Dick Durbin spoke on the senator's recovery.

Kirk suffered an ischemic stroke in January.

Durbin says the two have been in contact concerning many issues including the bipartisan effort to assign a Northern District Attorney General to follow Patrick Fitzgerald.

"He's anxious to get back. He's still mentally involved in this and he wants to get his motor skills and his speaking skills to the level where he can be making great contributions to the senate which i'm sure he will do," Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-IL).  

A timetable has not been set for Kirk's return to the Senate floor.



In a video released Tuesday Kirk responded to lawmakers' failure to fix the state's pension system during a special session last month.

Kirk says that Illinois taxpayers are paying $1.5 million for every $100 million borrowed.

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