By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn started the last day of the Illinois legislature with a plea that lawmakers pass “something” that shrinks the state’s $96 billion to $130 billion pension deficit. But the governor did not support the House plan which would limit COLAs and have public workers pay more for their retirement. Quinn undercut the Senate plan, saying that it only would reform the General Assembly and retired state worker pensions systems. Watch Quinn’s prepared remarks.
The governor answers questions from statehouse reporters. At the 7:50 mark Quinn refuses to say, specifically, which pension reform legislation he supports.
Quinn says he will work “all day” on pension reform. A new General Assembly is sworn-in Wednesday.