Sun November 18, 2012
Quinn Promises More Details On Pensions Campaign
Gov. Pat Quinn has launched a website that outlines the history of public pensions, its problems and ways to discuss solutions through social media.
It's part of the Chicago Democrat's long-awaited campaign to build support for an overhaul to Illinois' pension systems. It's called the "Thanks in Advance" campaign, which is supposed to be a message from the next generation to today's politicians.
The website includes pictures of young children and a video, along with links to Twitter and Facebook. The website says there'll be online town hall meetings on the issue.
Quinn detailed his "grassroots campaign" Sunday.
Lawmakers have failed to come up with a plan to deal with the roughly $85 billion funding gap, which is the worst of any state. Legislators meet this month.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the details of his long-awaited campaign to build support for pension reform are on the way.
Quinn has a Sunday news conference planned. He says the so-called grassroots campaign will educate and activate the public to get involved through social media.
The Chicago Democrat has promised for months that he'll outline his campaign. He's set a Jan. 9 deadline for lawmakers to overhaul Illinois' underfunded pension system.
Lawmakers have failed to come up with a plan to deal with the roughly $85 billion funding gap, which is the worst of any state nationwide. Legislators couldn't agree on an approach during an August special session and meet later this month.
Quinn first mentioned the campaign in August but hasn't only said that it'll involve the Internet.