from the ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
MEDIA CONTACT: Diana Rickert
Diana@IllinoisPolicy.org or (312) 607-4977
Spokespeople available in Springfield and Chicago
CHICAGO (Aug. 17, 2012) – Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman issued the following statement regarding lawmakers' failure to enact pension reform during today's special legislative session in Springfield:
"Playing a reformer on stage doesn't make you one in real life.
That is the hard lesson Gov. Quinn learned today after legislators failed to enact substantive pension reform – any reform – to Illinois' woefully underfunded pension system.
Rather than focusing on a plan, Quinn spent the summer chastising lawmakers and portraying himself as an aggressive reformer willing to risk his political career for the sake of Illinois taxpayers.
When unions began rallying together to call his bluff, he wore their angst as a badge of honor, continuing to pursue the illusion of a reformer. But during the special session demanded by Quinn, Speaker Madigan stood defiant with his arms crossed while lawmakers on the House floor called Quinn out for his inability to lead and the failure of the special session.
Heading into the special session, Quinn started to doubt his ability to deliver reform and began championing a plan that would save just 2 percent of Illinois' $203 billion retirement debt. Fearing a backlash from government unions, Democratic leaders narrowed their focus to legislator pensions and put forth an amendment that would address only $43 million of Illinois' pension debt. After spending an entire day in Springfield, the amendment was adopted in the House without voting on a bill.
Illinois taxpayers see through Quinn's act. They know the difference between politicians who pretend to want reform, and politicians who will really seek reform.
Now the question is, who will deliver to the people what they really want to see?"
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