Governor Pat Quinn is expected to start a campaign to boost support for changes to Illinois' pension systems. During last week's special session, lawmakers failed to approve a plan that would address the state’s massively underfunded retirement systems.
Illinois lawmakers will be at the capitol today to address the state's pension woes. But there's growing skepticism that a deal can be reached at this time. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno is among those who anticipate the day will end without a pension overhaul.
Governor Pat Quinn toured Illinois Tuesday as he signed legislation that extends tax incentives for businesses within so-called enterprise zones. One of the stops was at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.
State officials are gathering public input on the pending closure of Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center. As part of a cost-cutting move, Governor Pat Quinn signed a budget that calls for shutting the facility's doors this fall. The governor says it's also part of an effort to focus more on community-based mental health care.
Governor Pat Quinn says without a retirement system overhaul, Illinois will spend more on pensions than education in the next five years. Quinn's office says under current projections, required state pension contributions will rise to over $6 billion in the next few years if no reform is enacted.