Madigan may pass pension package without GOP votes - FOX 32 News Chicago

Madigan may pass pension package without GOP votes

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan hinted that he might be willing to pass a new state pension package - strictly with democratic votes.

He may plan to do so instead of relying on Republicans for support as well, and having to reach over to the other side.

Under the state's constitution, fewer votes are necessary to pass legislation after Jan. 1 than between September and the end of the year.

Madigan had insisted on getting at least 30 GOP votes in his chamber to pass a pension deal, but appeared to back off that demand when questioned by reporters at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Monday.

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