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Gov. Quinn agrees no pension changes till new year

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:26:57 CDT
By: AP / IPR

The chances of quick action on Illinois' pension problems are growing slimmer. Gov. Pat Quinn says he believes a pension overhaul can be passed by the end of the legislative session, which is in January. The Democratic governor wants action ``as soon as possible,'' but his remarks did not suggest that will happen this fall.

His comments come a day after Senate President John Cullerton says he doesn't think a pension overhaul can pass until January, when legislators don't have to face voters for two years. House Speaker Michael Madigan has hinted at the same timetable. Officials want to reduce retirement benefits for public employees to limit what state government pays each year. They're divided over what costs school districts should cover.

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