Pension reform in Illinois is hitting a brick wall. State reps overwhelmingly shot down several options during a test vote Thursday. GOP Leader Tom Cross says the whole process is a joke.
Cross doesn't want to participate in the pension reform process.
House Speaker Michael Madigan was attempting to draft a bill on the floor, by having lawmakers vote up or down on several options. The proposals would have had state workers contribute five percent more toward their pensions and, they would've had to stay on the job until they were 67. Another option was to terminate the cost of living adjustments until the state could get control of the pension systems. There are at least four other pension bills that have yet to be considered.