A group of local lawmakers are standing behind House GOP leader Tom Cross, who suggests that House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton may have ulterior motives for not wrapping up a pension reform deal.
Madigan and Cullerton have been clashing over their differing approaches to pensions, but Cross thinks they may be working together to keep anything from happening. And he speculates that the reason may have something to do with the political ambitions of Madigan's daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
Local House Republicans agree that Madigan and Cullerton could get a deal passed if they wanted to. And Representative Rich Brauer says it's not unreasonable to think that Lisa Madigan's political plans might be a factor in the impasse. Both Lisa Madigan and her father deny that claim.