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Sen. Dillard Calling on Fellow Lawmakers to get Pension Deal Done

What are the chances for success when lawmakers meet June 19 to discuss pension restructuring?

There’s no deal in place, and no telling whether there will be by that date. State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale), who will be a Republican candidate for governor, says he would sequester legislative leaders until they reach an agreement.

“If I were governor I would lock all of the parties in the governor’s residence in Springfield, and no one comes out. Send Jimmy John’s sandwiches, a good Illinois company, in there every now and then, but we must – this is the largest crisis that’s ever faced the state of Illinois – get this pension situation over,” he said.

Dillard hopes lawmakers don’t waste time and money going to Springfield to do nothing. He says Rod Blagojevich used to call special sessions just because he was mean. He doesn’t see that as the case here.