Bill Daley to propose plan to end Illinois pension deadlock

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CHICAGO (AP) - A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn says he has fully backed the tough pension proposal supported by the Illinois House and has "fought hard" to get it passed.
   
Spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says Quinn cannot act alone and needs House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to work together.
   
Her comments came Monday as former White House chief of staff Bill Daley said Quinn should threaten to veto any pension reform legislation other than the House proposal.
   
Daley is exploring a Democratic primary challenge to Quinn and outlined a three-part plan Monday that he says would end pension deadlock in Springfield.
   
Daley says the governor has "failed to lead," and says a rival pension reform plan supported by the Senate wouldn't solve the state's nearly $100 billion pension shortfall.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley says Gov. Pat Quinn should threaten to veto any pension reform legislation other than a tough proposal supported by the Illinois House.
    
Daley is exploring a Democratic primary challenge to Quinn and outlined a three-part plan Monday that he says would end pension deadlock in Springfield.
    
Daley says the governor has "failed to lead," and says a rival pension reform plan supported by the Senate wouldn't solve the state's nearly $100 billion pension shortfall.
    
Daley also criticized Attorney General Lisa Madigan for not issuing an opinion on the constitutionality of the House plan. She is the daughter of House Speaker Michael Madigan and also is considering a run for governor.
    
Daley is the brother of longtime Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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