* From Rep. Elaine Nekritz’s spokesman…
The two subcommittees of five members of the House-Senate pension conference committee are scheduled to meet privately this Friday afternoon. I am told some incomplete actuarial numbers have been submitted to the conferees and they will be discussing those and next steps at their meetings.
GOP House lawmakers are calling for the legislature to be in constant special session until a pension fix is approved.
Despite the absence of a bill from the legislative conference committee charged with crafting legislation, which is still waiting on actuarial data, State Reps. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) and other GOP legislators will hold a press conference in Addison’s town hall on Wednesday morning to demand that Governor Pat Quinn call a special session each day until the legislature passes a comprehensive pension reform bill.
“All legislators have voted on some form of pension reform over the last five months, there is no reason not to call us back to Springfield,” said Sandack. “Wasting $17 million a day on a political stunt is unacceptable. Governor Quinn cutting pay for legislators is grandstanding and meaningless if we are not called back to session.”
The $17 million to which Sandack is referring is the amount that used to be added daily to the state’s unfunded pension liability, but that amount was revised substantially downward several weeks ago by the Quinn Administration to $5 million.
One political stunt deserves another, I suppose.