High-profile pension meeting missing key player

Published 06/04 2013 04:54PM

Updated 06/04 2013 05:38PM

SPRINGFIELD -- It appears state leaders are no closer to pension reform than they were a week ago and the state is where it was a year ago. Governor Quinn held a meeting in Chicago Tuesday. It lasted an hour, but one of the key players wasn't even there.

The governor was supposed to meet with the House speaker and Senate president to hash out a deal on pension reform. Senate President John Cullerton showed up. House Speaker Michael Madigan wasn't there.

Apparently he's out of town and doesn't have a cellphone. The governor says he left a message with Madigan's wife about the meeting. Quinn says he's ready to call for a special session, but he wants to work out a deal with the speaker and Senate president first.

The state needs a deal soon. It loses about $17 million each day the crisis continues unsolved. Monday, another credit-rating agency downgraded the state's rating to the lowest in the nation.

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