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Quinn's grassroots pension campaign stuck in ditch

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:48:42 CDT

Governor Pat Quinn has yet to unveil a grassroots campaign dealing with public employee pensions that he initially said would begin in August. Illinois owes 83 billion dollars more in pensions than there is money available, a debt that has prompted widespread calls for cuts to state employees' and teachers' benefits. The Governor had called legislators in for a one day session over the summer to pass such a measure. It was hardly a surprise when they adjourned on August 17th without doing it. Quinn's reaction that day was to come out with this announcement:


"I think it's time to get the people involved. I intend in the new few days, to activate a strategy in Illinois that lets the everyday people and the leaders of our state who are not in politics have an opportunity to have their say."

But nothing came in those next few days. Or in the rest of August Or September. And so far, October's gone on without a grassroots campaign sprouting up. When asked about it, Quinn mostly obfuscated, and talked about how pension costs mean there's less money for education. His spokeswoman says something's coming "soon," she says the administration is "putting it together."

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