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.