House Speaker Mike Madigan's comments were even more direct. He told the Sun-Times the Senate's failure to pass his pension legislation showed a "failure of leadership." A remark seemingly directed at Senate Pres. John Cullerton:
"Well, I'm sure he's disappointed. He passed the bill and we weren't able to. So I’m sure he’s frustrated, we're all frustrated because it's a very tough issue."
Cullerton favors a different pension reduction plan, one that has the backing of labor unions. He continues to call on the House to take up his version and says he'll keep working toward an agreement.
There's a chance the Senate could pass narrow pension changes already approved by the House, that a brand new plan will surface, or that legislators will adjourn without a pension solution at all.