A meeting of Illinois legislative leaders yesterday failed to achieve agreement on what to do about state employee pensions. At the heart of the disagreement is if the state should shift the cost of teacher pensions to the schools. Bloomington State Representative Dan Brady says he thinks all state pension systems should be included in talks:
"We have five pension systems. We have to have everybody in who's going to be in those systems giving some type of concessions at the table."
That puts Dan Brady at odds with Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Minority Leader Tom Cross, who want to pass measures where there's already broad agreement, and keep negotiating the others. Governor Pat Quinn and House Speaker Mike Madigan say any reform should include school pensions.
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