The Illinois Senate narrowly passed a pension reform bill Tuesday with a vote of 30-24. The House passed the measure on a vote of 62-53. according to the Chicago Sun-Times:
"SPRINGFIELD-Pension reform might happen in Illinois after all.
After years of posturing, inertia and debate, the Illinois House and Senate each passed a controversial reform bill in a lightning fast one-two punch Tuesday afternoon.
Adding to the drama, the two votes came just moments apart, capping hours of debate.
The votes topped one of the most dramatic Springfield showdowns in memory, a day when the power of Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislative leaders is put to the test as they try to muscle through a complex and controversial fix to Illinois’ $100 billion pension crisis.
With the Statehouse shrouded in fog, the day began with three of the four legislative leaders appearing jointly before a bipartisan, House-Senate panel that late Monday signed off on a 327-page bill bitterly opposed by a coalition of the state’s most powerful labor organizations."