Top Illinois Republicans are doubtful that anything of substance will be accomplished during Friday’s special legislative session on the budget crisis.
Several who appeared on 970 WMAY’s “Jim Leach Show” during Republican Day at the State Fair say a lack of leadership from Governor Pat Quinn makes it unlikely that a serious deal can come together… and they contend Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan would rather put off tough pension decisions until after the November election.
Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (rah-DOH’-nyoh) says she wants to see a comprehensive plan that covers all five public pension systems… something that the current proposals do not do. But she opposes the idea of shifting teacher pension costs from the state to local school districts.
Radogno and the other legislative leaders will meet with Quinn Friday morning, just hours before the one-day special session.