Gov. Pat Quinn heads into a critical election-year State of the State address this week with his top priority of pension reform inked into the law.
The speech on Wednesday is a chance for Quinn to lay out goals for the year and recap his accomplishments.
But how much credit the Chicago Democrat can take for what he's called the signature achievement of his governorship is up for debate.
Quinn has won praise for keeping pension reform in the public sphere with his populist tactics, like withholding legislator pay. Pension reform was once a topic more common among economists and business groups.
However, he's also been criticized for those methods and not doing more to broker the deal himself. Some say he only took notice when there weren't other options.
(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)