No more pay for lawmakers till job's done

June 9, 2013 

So Gov. Pat Quinn wants a special session to solve the state's pension crisis. Lots of luck with that. The state House and Senate talked about reforming pensions for months and couldn't agree on a solution before the legislature adjourned on May 31.

Quinn couldn't get House Speaker Michael Madigan to sit down with him and Senate President John Cullerton to try to hammer out a compromise after that. Heck, Quinn couldn't get Madigan to talk to him on the telephone.

But call a special session on June 19 and all will be well? That gambit didn't work last summer. Why would this year be any different? All it will do is generate a special session paycheck for lawmakers.

If Quinn is going to order lawmakers back to Springfield, at least he should instruct them to come back for free because they didn't do their job the first time.

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