Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner held a press conference Thursday morning to announce that he and Democratic Senate President John Cullerton struck a deal on pension reform. Rauner's claims of an agreement, however, quickly unraveled after Cullerton issued a statement saying he did not support the governor's proposal.
"The plan (Rauner) outlined at his press conference isn't what we talked about. It's not my plan. It goes beyond what we discussed and beyond what I support," Cullerton said. "I look forward to working with the governor ... (but) we apparently still have a fundamental disagreement over the role of collective bargaining."
Appearing at the news conference with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, Rauner said he reached out to Cullerton on pension legislation "in the spirit of cooperation." The governor called Cullerton's pension bill "a good first step." However, Rauner said he favors pension legislation that removes wages from the collective bargaining process.
House Speaker Michael Madigan stated his opposition to Rauner's proposed pension changes in a statement Thursday.
"Despite the governor's desire to drive a wedge between Democrats in the House and Senate, neither President Cullerton nor I will agree to make changes proposed by the governor," Madigan said.