Pension deadline looming with no solution in sight

Published 07/08 2013 04:40PM

Updated 07/08 2013 05:59PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers are back at work tackling two of the state's biggest issues. Monday, their focus was pensions.

Those on the pension committee say they feel like things are moving forward, but they're no where near a solution just yet. They heard a few new ideas which could have some potential.

It's expected there will be one more from Governor Quinn who's really been pushing hard for reform the past year. The committee invited him to come share his ideas.

They thought it might help move things along more quickly if they could work together with him. But, Quinn is sending his budget team in his place. The move is drawing a lot of criticism.

The deadline to come up with a plan is supposed to be Tuesday, but that's not likely to happen. Representative Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) says it will be at least a few weeks before they even see projected savings on some of the new ideas, then they'll still have to write a bill and vote on it.

Governor Quinn says there will be consequences for them if they skip the deadline. He hasn't signed part of the budget which includes their paychecks into law yet.

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