CHICAGO — A spokeswoman for Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says members are being asked to return to Springfield next week to vote on a newly inked deal to solve the state's pension crisis.
Rikeesha Phelon said in an email Wednesday that Cullerton supports the plan to address Illinois' $100 billion unfunded pension liability. He's asking senators to be at the Capitol Tuesday.
Cullerton is a Chicago Democrat. He previously had promoted a solution that didn't cut state employee benefits as much as a rival House plan.
Details of the new agreement haven't been released, but the plan is expected to save more than $138 billion over 30 years.
Labor unions almost surely will oppose the agreement. They prefer the original plan championed by Cullerton earlier this year.