Pension committee members say they're pressing on

Published 07/16 2013 02:21PM

Updated 07/16 2013 05:52PM

SPRINGFIELD -- It's been nearly a week since Governor Quinn cut lawmakers' pay, but they say they're not any closer to a pension fix. Quinn was hoping the pay freeze would force them to break the gridlock, but that's not what's happening.

Members of the pension committee say they're pressing on as usual, not working any faster or slower. The ten members are the ones in charge of coming up with a solution to the pension problem.

They say the governor's veto of their salaries is more of a distraction than anything else, but it is putting a pinch on lawmakers who rely on their salaries to live. Still, Quinn says they should have thought of that before missing deadline after deadline.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is doing a legal review to see if Quinn even has the authority to cut pay in the middle of a term. Lawmakers aren't scheduled to be paid until August 1, so it's currently not even a problem for them.

They're currently waiting to get numbers back on how much each plan would save. Then, they'll go from there.

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