Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is scolding lawmakers for not meeting sooner to hash out a solution to the state's pension crisis. Lawmakers from both parties held a first pension conference meeting yesterday. Quinn said at an unrelated event that lawmakers shouldn't have taken "their sweet time."
The governor says the committee members needed to have new ideas for solving the $97 billion problem. He says they need to stop complaining about his July 9 deadline. Quinn says failure to act is putting a squeeze on the state budget and taking money away from crucial services like education. He says lawmakers have an obligation to the state's children. He warned lawmakers that he won't budget from his position and will veto any pension bill that doesn't fully fund the system.