SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is dumping attempts at
a compromise on public-pension reform and instead proposed a commission to
recommend fixes to the state's $96 billion problem.
Quinn and the legislation's sponsor offered a last-ditch effort Tuesday
afternoon that contains the extra-legislative commission. A House committee
approved the measure 7-2 after a House bill crumbled in the last hours of the
Legislature's lame-duck session.
The change would create an eight-member commission to come up with
recommendations by April 30. It could enact those reforms with majority of five
votes unless overturned by the Legislature.
Quinn likened the panel to a federal commission formed to close military
bases or the former Compensation Review Board that determined lawmakers'