He created it to help promote reform. Critics say they appreciate his efforts, but think he came up short on offering any real solutions.
"It's really missing the solutions big time. It's the obvious gaping hole. We've got this problem, what are we going to do about it? How are we going to fix it?" said Kristina Rasmussen with the Illinois Policy Institute. "Are we only fixing part of the problem or are we taking it on and fixing it one fell swoop? There's nothing there. It just says, 'thanks in advance.' Well. Thanks in advance for what?"
Lawmakers are expected to vote on a pension reform plan by January 9. That's right before the new General Assembly will be sworn into office.