The make up of the Illinois General Assembly significantly changed on election day with Democrats gaining veto proof majorities in both the Senate and House. However, Gov. Pat Quinn told reporters on Friday that he wants major pension legislation done by January 9, before the new General Assembly members are sworn in.
The state legislature will have a "lame duck" session starting on November 27 that will include members who were just voted out of office or are retiring in January. Quinn suggested that legislation to close the state's $86 billion in pension liabilities would not be worked out in late November, but instead a week long legislative session in January before new members are sworn in.