Cullerton: Special Session Will Cost Taxpayers


CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he agrees with Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to call lawmakers back to Springfield next month to overhaul pensions.

But the Democrat disagrees with how it's being done. Quinn on Monday called for a special session on Aug. 17.

However, Cullerton says the special session will cost taxpayers up to $40,000. That's because when the governor designates a special session, the state reimburses some travel costs.

The Illinois House was scheduled to meet on Aug. 17 anyway to vote on whether to expel indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith.

Cullerton says he could have called the Senate back in session on the same day to save costs. Cullerton wants Quinn to withdraw the special session so he can do so.

Quinn's office didn't immediately have comment.

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