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"Special session" could cost taxpayers up to $40,000

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Illinois Senate President says he agrees with lawmakers meeting next month to discuss a pension overhaul, but he doesn't think it should fall under the "special session" designation.

Democrat John Cullerton says the meeting on August 17, called on by Governor Pat Quinn, will cost taxpayers up to $40,000. That's because the state reimburses some of the travel costs associated with special sessions. The House was scheduled to meet the same day to vote on whether to expel indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith. Cullerton says he'd like to have the Senate called for then too, but without the "special session" title. Quinn's office has not yet commented.

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