They’re close, with the outlines of their plan already public. The moment has come to put on the finishing touches and that should include a last drive to lower the percentage of the state’s annual budget eaten up by pension costs.
There’s no reason this can’t happen this week, which would prod Democratic leaders Michael Madigan and John Cullerton to call a special session by the end of September. A last resort would be to move a pension bill during the fall veto session that begins Oct. 22.
Last resort? Gosh all hemlock, late November, and it looks as if something went wrong!
Enough to make a grown man weep.