Possible Pension Fix Could Save $145B

CHICAGO (AP) -- A bipartisan panel tasked with solving Illinois' multibillion-dollar pension crisis is considering a framework that could save the state about $145 billion over 30 years.

The Associated Press on Friday obtained an outline of ideas the 10-person committee is considering.

It calls for ending automatic 3 percent cost-of-living increases for retirees. Increases would instead be linked to the rate of inflation.

Employees would contribute 1 percent less to their own retirement. And the pension systems would be fully funded within 30 years.

Sen. Kwame Raoul is committee chairman. He says the group hasn't reached a consensus and "our work is not done."

Illinois has a nearly $100 billion pension shortfall. Lawmakers voted in June to form the committee after hitting an impasse on a pension fix.


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