House Speaker Mike Madigan doesn't support the pension reform plan proposed in the Senate. (Photo courtesy the Illinois Office of Communication and Information/Facebook)
By Dave Dahl
SPRINGFIELD - The architect of a pension bill which passed the Illinois House Thursday is not impressed with a potential competitor.
House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) said the proposal reportedly being considered by the Senate president bears the fingerprints of the executive director of AFSCME Council 31.
“I can clearly see the fine work of Mr. Henry Bayer, who is an expert at delay,” said Madigan after Thursday’s vote. “I think this is a continuation of what we experienced a year ago, from Henry Bayer and the We Are One Coalition, where, from day to day, they simply want delay. Delay, delay, and maybe the problem will go away.”
Madigan said there is resistance to certain members of the caucus to appropriating back pay as promised in the state's tentative agreement.
"They are in competition with the other spending purposes of the state," Madigan said.