Pension Bill on Hold Despite Rauner, Cullerton Agreement

Springfield (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants lawmakers to address Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation pension crisis “right away.” But despite a rare agreement between Rauner and Democratic Senate President John Cullerton, it’s unlikely a bill will advance anytime soon. Cullerton says it’s tougher than usual to pass a pension bill this year. That’s because of upcoming elections, union opposition, an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that declared a previous law unconstitutional and the ongoing state budget saga. Cullerton says a pension bill could be part of a broader deal between Rauner and majority Democrats on a budget and other issues. That’s likely to take months.