A group of Illinois lawmakers trying to come up with a compromise pension fix met yesterday in Springfield. As IPR's Brian Mackey reports, they say they're still slowly making progress:
Democrats and Republicans on the special pension committee are in agreement on at least one thing:
NEKRITZ: "Some days it's two steps forward, one step back."
BRADY: "Seems like we take two steps forward and one step back."
That's Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz, from Northbrook; and Republican Sen. Bill Brady, from Bloomington. They agree on more than just the metaphor they chose to describe their latest meeting. They also remain optimistic they'll reach a compromise ... but say they don't like how long it's taking. Here's Nekritz again:
NEKRITZ: "We all feel frustration at the pace, but I'm not sure how to change that, given the complexity of everything and the delicacy of the negotiations."
The 10-member conference committee is trying to resolve the impasse over what to do about Illinois' nearly $100 billion in unfunded pension obligations. Brady says members of committee will next meet with their House and Senate colleagues to get a feel for what they will or won't support.
BRADY: "Hopefully we'll meet next week and be able to come to some consensus on that list of issues that are still pending."
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