Lawmakers, who receive an annual salary of $67,000 and additional pay for leadership positions, would have to vote to reject his changes if they want to get paid.
Illinois has nearly $100 billion in unfunded pension liability — the worst in the nation — because lawmakers either skipped or shorted payments to the state’s five retirement systems for decades. Inaction on solving the pension problem has led to repeated credit rating downgrades while governors from other states have used it as a basis to poach jobs from Illinois.
Quinn has made it his top issue for about two years, called special sessions and set deadlines for lawmakers, but with little success. A bipartisan panel is currently looking at possible solutions after the House and Senate remained deadlocked on an approach.
Quinn has hinted at the possibility of a special session on pensions when lawmakers are in Springfield next month for the Illinois State Fair.