Gov. Pat Quinn today called lawmakers back into special session June 19 to deal with the public employee pension shortfall after another rating agency downgraded Illinois' credit rating.
Given the wide philosophical divides between the House and Senate, it's unclear at best whether a one-day session will be able to solve the issue. But Quinn faces re-election next year and summoning lawmakers back to Springfield remained one of his few options to look like he's trying to do something about a pension debt that's approaching $100 billion.
"Time and time again over the past two years, I have proposed, asked and pushed members of the General Assembly to send me a comprehensive pension reform bill," Quinn said in a statement.