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Gov seeks public support for pension change

Mon, 20 Aug 2012 06:14:42 CDT

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to start a campaign to boost support for changes to state pension systems. Governor Quinn has been in campaign mode for months, repeatedly bringing up to the media and legislators the importance of tackling the state's massively underfunded pension system. But legislators didn't pass any pension changes back in the Spring session. And when Quinn called them back last week for a special, one-day session to pass SOMEthing - they didn't. Without a vote, many worry about downgrades to the state's bond ratings. Now - Quinn says he’s taking his pensions campaign in a new direction. He says he's starting a grassroots campaign - which will put pressure on lawmakers in a way that hasn't been used yet:

"If they can't do it on their own, we're gonna help them do it with the people of Illinois."
Quinn says his pensions campaign will last as long as it takes.

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