Senate defeats Madigan backed pension reform bill

By WEEK Producer

May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, IL. -- In Springfield, the Illinois Senate overwhelmingly defeated Mike Madigan's proposal to reform the state's pension system.

It garnered only 16 of the 30 votes needed to pass it.

Senate President John Cullerton has his own pension reform bill that already passed out of the senate and is pending in the House.

It would give employees and retirees options to choose, that's only if Madigan will call it for a vote.

After his bill failed Madigan said the problem was a lack of leadership in the senate.

As he walked out of the Capitol's front doors he told reporters he was going to the mansion to talk to the governor.

Friday night at midnight is the deadline.

Also, a state senator close to the concealed carry negotiations says a deal has been reached between the senate and house.

It will be presented tomorrow.

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