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Bill Daley attacks Lisa Madigan, Gov. Quinn on pension reform

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Updated: June 17, 2013 8:32PM

Bill Daley is to go on the offensive against both Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Gov. Pat Quinn, saying the two have contributed to the impasse on the pension debacle in the state.
Daley called on Madigan, as the chief lawyer in the state, to give the Legislature legal guidance on the constitutionality of the rivaling pension bills. Madigan has laid low on the issue, arguing she would have to defend it in court. But Daley argues the state’s lawyer has come out in favor of marriage equality and could do the same with constitutionality of the pension bill backed by her father.
“If Attorney General Madigan can’t provide a full legal opinion without a formal request from the governor or the legislature, they should make that request right away,” Daley said in a statement.
As for Gov. Quinn, Daley called on the governor to come out more forcefully in support of Senate Bill 1 — Speaker Michael Madigan’s legislation — by threatening to veto the bill that both Senate President John Cullerton and unions have endorsed.

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