The Illinois Legislature's spring session is over, but the work isn't. Governor Pat Quinn and legislative leaders say they'll call lawmakers back to Springfield soon for another try at controlling pension costs that contribute to the state's deep budget problems. That carries risks. Legislators could find themselves in an embarrassing deadlock just a few months before facing voters at the polls. Bloomington Republican State Senator Bill Brady says pension reform will produce no winners, but plenty of losers because of past legislative inaction:
"We're gonna have to ask,the people who've evnentuall raised our children, taught in our universities, worked in our prisons, to give, because we can't live up to the obligations we mad to them."
The General Assembly adjourned its session Friday morning after approving a tight budget and a major gambling expansion. But they couldn't agree on what to do about underfunded government pension programs that take up much of the state's revenue. The big dispute is how much of the cost should be shifted to schools that currently aren't responsible for their workers' pensions.
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