Not surprisingly, the "pension summit" that took place in Burr Ridge on Monday ended in failure. Union leaders used the summit to again demand that Illinois lawmakers negotiate with them over changes to teachers' and state workers' retirement benefits. Despite being heavily invested in the elections of a majority of state legislators, the unions are opposed to major cuts, saying their members didn't cause the state's financial problems.
The meeting was attended by Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and House Republican Leader Tom Cross, who said he "felt like it was important to be there," despite his Party's super-minority status.