Quinn Disappointed by Inaction on Pension Crisis

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he's very disappointed in Illinois legislators, particularly Republicans, for not taking action on the state's pension problem.

Illinois lawmakers adjourned a special session Friday without making any progress on the state's massive pension crisis.

Quinn says legislators need to show some "political fortitude."

The democratic governor says he isn't giving up on overhauling the pension system and its fast-growing costs.

He says he will build support with taxpayers and voters so they will put pressure on lawmakers to take action. Quinn wouldn't provide details of the grassroots campaign he promised to organize.

Pension legislation has been stalled since the end of May, when the General Assembly ended amid bitter accusations and a last-minute decision not to call the chief proposal for a vote.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A measure to cut Illinois legislative pensions has fizzled out. The Illinois House approved an amendment that would have reduced benefits for current lawmakers and ended pensions for future lawmakers. But the amendment got only 54 votes -- not enough to pass a bill -- so the sponsor didn't bother trying to get the full bill approved. This means Friday's special session on pensions didn't produce anything. When it became clear no major action was possible, Democrats proposed cutting legislative pensions. They said it would show they're willing to share the pain they're asking of other public employees. Republicans blasted it as a stunt to provide political cover for a failed session.



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois House adjourns without passing bill to cut legislative pensions.


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