In a house committee Tuesday, representatives heard from the AFL-CIO president who supports the senate president's plan. He says the plan is constitutional and gives union workers and retirees more choices. But, some lawmakers are still pushing for a bill by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D).
Quinn's conference committee idea would call for five members from each chamber to come together and sort out a plan. Then their report would be signed by at least six of the committee members before moving for votes in the house and senate. The approach hasn't been used since 2005.