Capitol Fax.com – Your Illinois News Radar » Will Madigan make it happen?

6 Jan

Mark Brown thinks that Speaker Madigan will either get a pension bill done, or do whatever he can and let the blame fall elsewhere…

There were no smiles on the faces of anyone emerging from Saturday’s closed-door summit of Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders on how to solve the state’s pension funding woes.

That was the bad news for those hoping for an agreement.

The good news was that House Speaker Michael Madigan told reporters afterward that he wants a pension bill passed by the time the Legislature finishes its lame-duck session Tuesday night.

Past performance tells us that when Madigan is of a mind to pass a piece of legislation, he will pass that piece of legislation. […]

When the speaker speaks, you can take him at his word. But you also have to look for the nuance.

My interpretation: He was a little frustrated by whatever transpired over the previous two hours but will apply himself to forging a deal. If things go south this time, we’ll have a hard time blaming him. More…

via Capitol Fax.com – Your Illinois News Radar » Will Madigan make it happen?.

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