The Illinois House has adjourned its lame-duck session without taking action to solve the state's multibillion pension problem. House Speaker Michael Madigan made the motion to adjourn the chamber Monday just before 5 p.m. Members had expected to vote on a last-ditch attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to save the broken-down pension talks. Quinn proposed setting up a commission that could recommend changes to bridge a $96 billion deficit in public-employee pension accounts. The commission's recommendations by April 30 would have taken effect unless the Legislature voted against them. Quinn says it was an attempt to get something, anything going.
Unions describe it another way Ö desperate. One legislator called the governorís move emasculating. Illinois Education Association head Cinda Klickna calls the idea crazy and wonders why a General Assembly would be needed at all if everything can be turned over to a commission.Top lawmakers feared the move would have been illegal. A new General Assembly will be sworn in Wednesday.
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