Gov. Pat Quinn said he is willing to consider putting off the date when the the state's controversial pension reform law takes effect while the measure works its way through the courts, the Illinois Radio Network reported Monday.
“I’m open-minded on that,” Quinn stated, according to the radio network. “I think the various participants would have to request a stay.”
Quinn reportedly is open to discussing the matter with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
The pension overhaul passed by the legislature and signed by Quinn in December is slated to kick in on June 1.
Four lawsuits filed against the pension law by groups representing state retirees were consolidated by the Illinois Supreme Court in Sangamon County Circuit Court back in early March. Current and past workers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Parkland Community College have also filed a separate lawsuit against the pension measure.
If the courts overturn Illinois's new pension law, Quinn would be open to discussing other pension fixes with those who filed suit against the state, the governor said Friday in remarks at the Illinois Education Association's annual meeting.