Southtown Star

Kadner: Lawmakers rip Quinn for pay threat

Thursday, July 11, 2013

State legislators in the Southland called Gov. Pat Quinn’s threat to suspend their salaries a publicity gimmick Wednesday and said it was unlikely to hasten the pace of pension reform.
“What word would I use to describe my reaction?” state Rep. Will Davis (D-Hazel Crest) said, pausing for several seconds to ponder the question. “Disappointed.”
“We have a chance here, a process to come up with a pension bill, called the Conference Committee,” Davis said, referring to a combined committee composed of Illinois Senate and House members working on a pension reform bill in Springfield.
“He (Quinn) was invited to appear before that committee and chose not to participate in that process,” Davis said.
The committee was created after Quinn called for its formation.
“Apparently, he doesn’t even see value in his own process,” Davis said.