Week one of fall veto session ends; no progress on Pension Reform

By WEEK Reporter

October 25, 2013 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Senate followed the House's lead and canceled its Thursday session without having considered the state's $100 billion unfunded pension debt.

The bi-partisan, House-Senate conference committee formed to draft a compromise pension reform bill still has not reported.

While one committee member said a bill might not be ready until next year; the committee chairman said any public perception that the committee isn't getting the job done is not important.

"I really think this is something that is more likely during Spring session but that's really not up to me," said state Senator Linda Holmes, (D) Plainfield.

"I'm going to keep working on a bi-cameral, bi-partisan basis to solve this problem. So you're not concerned about the optics of it? I never am. I'm concerned with getting the work done," said state Senator Kwame Raoul, (D) Conference Committee Chairman.

The General Assembly returns for the second part of the fall veto session on November 5 .

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