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Quinn says pension overhaul goal still realistic

Published: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 12:03 p.m. CDT
(AP Photo/Courtesy of Gov. Pat Quinn's office)
This campaign image provided by Illinois Go. Pat Quinn's office shows a cartoon snake named "Squeezy the Pension Python" who coils around the State Capitol as part of Quinn's new online campaign to get Illinoisans excited about pension reform. The campaign inspired mock Web pages and criticism from unions, lawmakers and the Twitterverse. But some social media experts, and a few fellow Democrats, called it an innovative approach to a complex issue that could work in Quinn's favor. That is, if the Chicago Democrat can capitalize on the spike in attention and overcome the parody.

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn is counting down the days until his self-imposed Jan. 9 deadline to overhaul Illinois' pension system, but he won't specify what his plans are to accomplish the task.

Quinn has made reforming the system his top priority this year and set similar deadlines in the past which passed with little action.

Quinn said Thursday that he remains optimistic that there'll be a solution in the lame duck session next month. It ends on Jan. 9 when new lawmakers are sworn in.

The governor hasn't been forthcoming with any plans or details beyond saying he's talking with lawmakers. His spokeswoman Brooke Anderson on Thursday said Quinn has "daily" conversations with top legislators on the issue.

Earlier this week, lawmakers frustrated with inaction came up with their own proposal.

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