When Speaker Mike Madigan last week passed legislation out of the House that cuts public employees' pension benefits, he said he would follow up with a so-called "cost shift" measure.
"I intend to pursue the cost shift because I think we have a situation today where one person makes a spending decision and sends the bill to a second person to pay the bill. And I think that's a bad policy, but especially a bad policy for governments."
Madigan's invited education groups to a meeting on Thursday -- the first, according to a press release, of a series of meetings intended to finalize plans on a cost shift.
Critics, including many Republicans and Democrats from the suburbs -- say shoving more costs on to schools will lead to a hike in local property taxes.