Pension Deal Elusive in Final Days of Fall Session

By: AP
By: AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Lawmakers say they are making progress on a deal to solve Illinois' $97 billion pension crisis, but are not confident there will be a vote as the annual fall legislative session enters its final days.

Legislative leaders have been meeting to try and bridge a gap between members of a special pension committee split over a savings plan. Some lawmakers say they still want to see more estimates.

Democratic State Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook says it's unlikely there will be a vote on pensions this week. She says lawmakers could be called back for a special session later this fall if an agreement is reached.

Lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday. Among other issues they're expected to consider are tax incentives for companies, stricter gun penalties and same-sex marriage.

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