It would require the full house to put all other business aside and only debate pensions until there is a solution. Under the rules of a committee of the whole, people would be able to testify in front of the full house, instead of a smaller committee.
House Republican leader Tom Cross said he liked the idea and hoped to meet with House Speaker Mike Madigan to discuss it. It's unclear whether that meeting ever took place.
An expert on Illinois government said committees of the whole rarely produce results and likely wouldn't generate a solution to the problem. But he did say lawmakers could use it as an informational tool.
The state's unfunded pension liability inches closer to $100 billion each day. Gov. Pat Quinn estimated the state losses at $17 million each day the problem goes unsolved.