Gov. Pat Quinn says a pension-reform deal under consideration in Springfield is the most important fiscal vote most lawmakers will ever take.
He says he’s traveling to Springfield Monday night to meet with and talk to as many lawmakers as possible. His office says he’s been calling legislators since Wednesday to urge them to vote yes on the measure.
Quinn countered criticism that the vote was rushed, saying lawmakers have had years to consider every scenario.
Legislative leaders estimate the deal would save the state $160 billion over 30 years. Illinois’s estimated $100 billion pension shortfall is the nation’s worst.
Quinn commented Monday after a holiday tree-lighting ceremony in Chicago.
He acknowledges the deal doesn’t have everything he wanted, but says it’s a bipartisan agreement that required compromise.