U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says a pension-reform deal under consideration in Springfield ``falls short of finding the savings needed to solve Illinois' fiscal crisis.'' The Republican senator issued a statement saying lawmakers should not pass a bill that they and the public have not had time to read. The deal that legislative leaders announced last week could go to a vote in the Illinois General Assembly as early as Tomorrow / later today. Kirk says the proposal "relies heavily on accounting gimmicks" and doesn't prevent a permanent income tax hike. The senator says Illinois won't get a federal bailout so "legislators must get this right."
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