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Local Lawmaker on IL Pension Committee

Jun 19, 2013

State Representative Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) will serve on a committee charged with addressing the state's looming pension liability, which is an estimated $97 billion.

The committee comes at the request of Governor Pat Quinn, who is trying to end the stalemate between House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago). Both have pushed for their own version of a pension solution.

State Representative Jil Tracy (R-Quincy), right, with State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) outside the McDonough County Courthouse
Credit Rich Egger

Cullerton thinks the committee is a step in the right direction, but will it be the final push needed to pass a comprehensive pension fix?

“No, not the fact that we have a conference committee,” Cullerton said. “That was the Governor's request and just another way of getting to a vote for a bill.”

It's been years since legislators have resorted to the political maneuver of conference committees. It's not entirely clear how a committee of lawmakers will be able to come to an agreement when their leaders continue to have opposing views on solving the problem.

Cullerton and  Madigan each chose three members to the committee and the legislature’s Republican leaders each appointed two lawmakers to the ten-member committee.

It was not immediately clear when they will first meet, but Governor Pat Quinn set July 9 as a deadline for coming up with a compromise.

The committee members are:

Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook

Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside

Rep. Art Turner, D-Chicago

Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago

Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston

Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora 

Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville

Rep. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy 

Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine

Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington