Gov. Pat Quinn says he supports the pension reform lawmakers sent him last month but won't commit to when he might sign it - or if he'll make changes to it.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he supports the pension reform lawmakers sent him last month but won't commit to when he might sign it - or if he'll make changes to it.

Quinn said he's reviewing the measure lawmakers sent him that made major cutbacks for new state hires, part of an effort to save the state billions of dollars and shore up concerns about its financial stability.


"This is the biggest cost-savings measure ever enacted by the General Assembly of Illinois," Quinn said. "It's extremely important that we save money for taxpayers."


Quinn made the comments at a Statehouse news conference this afternoon where he honored astronaut Dr. Robert Satcher, who has ties to Illinois.


Quinn would not tie the fate of the pension reform bill to his push for a 1 percentage point increase in the state income tax to spare schools more than $1 billion in cuts. But he said he wants lawmakers to approve the surcharge to set the right priorities and isn't partial to whether they do that in early or late May.


"I can sprint and I also ran long distance," Quinn said.