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September 18, 2014, 12:41 am
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Madigan Indicates Pension Reform Won't Happen Until Next Year


Any deal on reforming the state’s pension systems may not happen until the legislative lame duck session in January.

 

That’s according to House Speaker Mike Madigan, who told reporters at the Democratic National Convention Monday that the best opportunity to pass the controversial legislation may be after January 1st, when it will only take a simple majority to pass the bill, but before the new legislature is seated.

 

Madigan also held open the possibility that Democrats could pass something then without Republican votes.

 

That could mean a bill that includes shifting the state’s share of teacher pensions back to local districts, something the GOP opposes.

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