The winding road towards pension reform in Illinois just got longer as Gov. Pat Quinn and general assembly leaders agree to a conference committee on the issue.
A bipartisan group of elected officials want the state House to take up the original, union-backed pension reform bill that has already passed out of the Senate.
A handful of gay rights activists demonstrated outside House Speaker Michael Madigan's district office in Chicago over the weekend.
During the upcoming special session, the Illinois House will not consider the Senate's pension reform bill.
State lawmakers are expected to head back to Springfield next week for a special session to take up a pension reform proposal that combines aspects of both the House and Senate plans.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton are expected to meet Monday to discuss pension reform.
Potential candidate in the governor's race, Bill
Daley, criticized the state's leadership for failing to pass pension reform
legislation during the spring session.
Illinois’ gay rights advocates are saying lawmakers who failed to pass marriage equality in the state should “pay the political price.”
The gay and lesbian community expressed outrage after State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) announced Friday that he would not call a same-sex marriage bill for vote in the House before the session ended.