Gov. Pat Quinn today called for a special session of the General Assembly on Aug. 17 to take up pension reform.
"It's time to vote," Quinn said of lawmakers. "See you in Springfield."
The Illinois House already was scheduled to be in that day to deal with the fate of indicted Democratic Rep. Derrick Smith of Chicago.
The Democratic governor's special session proclamation would bring the Senate back to Springfield as well.
Quinn's comments came as he addressed the City of Club of Chicago.
The two Republican legislative leaders issued a joint statement this afternoon.
“We are encouraged by the Governor’s call for a special session on pension reform on August 17. As many people know, we have been and continue to be supportive of comprehensive pension reform that solves the major crisis facing us today. The time to act has been upon us. We are continuing to encourage Gov. Quinn to take a leadership role to get a comprehensive pension bill passed in the General Assembly," read the statement by Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno of Lemont and House Republican leader Tom Cross of Oswego.