Pension Panel Invites Governor to Testify

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he won't testify before a bipartisan pension panel Monday, but will send aides instead.

The committee tasked with finding a solution to the nearly $100 billion problem invited Quinn to their Springfield meeting. But Quinn said Sunday that lawmakers know where he stands.

Quinn set a Tuesday deadline to find a solution.

Committee members say that's irresponsible.

Chairman state Sen. Kwame Raoul sent Quinn a letter Friday, which was obtained by The Associated Press. Raoul says actuarial analysis on proposals, including ideas submitted by Quinn's office, will take time.

Still, Quinn reiterated his deadline, telling reporters Sunday that there'll be consequences if it isn't met. His office says analysis should have been done earlier.

His office hasn't discussed the submitted proposals, saying they're not new ideas.


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