Quinn asks lawmakers to combine 2 pension plans

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is asking lawmakers to approve both rival plans on how to solve the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis. But it's unclear if legislative leaders will agree.
   
Quinn made the request Monday in a meeting in Chicago with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.
   
The governor convened the meeting after the legislature adjourned May 31 without taking action on pensions. Madigan and Cullerton championed their own solutions, but neither passed.
   
Quinn proposes that lawmakers vote on a bill that combines the two proposals at a June 19 special session. Madigan's plan would be the primary plan and Cullerton's would serve as a "back-up" in case Madigan's is rejected by the courts.
   
Madigan expressed concerns Monday that the Quinn proposal would be too complicated.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's meeting with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to talk about how to solve the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
    
Quinn says he'll push lawmakers "night and day" to find a solution before a special legislative session begins on June 19.
    
Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush, who was at another nearby meeting on Monday, offered his own solution.
    
He suggests locking the three in a room and "keep them up in there" until they hash out a deal.
    
Quinn's calling lawmakers back to Springfield after two credit ratings agencies downgraded Illinois' credit rating.
    
The Legislature adjourned its spring session without taking action. The governor tried to meet with Cullerton and Madigan last week about the issue, but only Cullerton showed up.

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