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posted: 6/20/2013 5:00 AM

Senator had reason for missed pension vote

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I have consistently fought for substantial pension reform since the day I took office. It has been my No. 1 priority, which is reflected in my voting record.

Today, without a doubt, Illinois' grossly overburdened pension system is the greatest threat to the financial health of our state.

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Late in the day on May 30, the Senate president called an amended version of Senate Bill 1 (Speaker Mike Madigan's pension reform bill) for a vote. I have voted for a similar bill in the past, SB35, and have always supported genuine pension reform measures like this one.

The Daily Herald reported that I did not cast a vote on SB 1, however no explanation was given. I didn't cast a vote on the bill, because I was absent that evening attending my oldest daughter's high school graduation. I left the Senate chamber late afternoon, drove home to attend her graduation, and then immediately drove back to Springfield. The bill was called, unannounced, and I missed the vote.

I had no way of knowing ahead of time a vote was going to be taken on the measure that evening. Either way, I would not have missed my daughter's high school graduation.

As always, I remain strongly committed to meaningful pension reform which will help put Illinois on the path to a stable financial future.

Sen. Dan Duffy

Barrington

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