Derided plan now back in play
By Zach Buchheit Staff Reporter June 19, 2013 3:38PM
Updated: July 20, 2013 6:51AM
SPRINGFIELD — The Legislature’s top two Democrats agreed to Gov. Pat Quinn’s pitch to convene a joint House-Senate committee to fix the state’s pension mess, just days after House Speaker Michael Madigan derided the idea as a way for Quinn to avoid political scrutiny.
The idea to form a bipartisan, 10-member “conference committee” initially peaked little interest at a Friday meeting of legislative leaders that included Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and Madigan (D-Chicago).
Madigan called the plan “an effort by the governor to distance himself from the process.”
But now the proposal has surfaced as a last resort this summer to find middle ground between Madigan and Cullerton’s competing pension reform plans.