Illinois House committee OKs pension commission
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is dumping attempts at compromise on reforming the state's $96 billion pension crisis and is proposing a commission to recommend fixes that would become law unless the Legislature rejects them.
As a House bill crumbled in the last hours of the Legislature's lame-duck session, Quinn and the legislation's sponsor offered a last-ditch pitch to create an extra-legislative commission. The committee approved the measure 7-2.
"It's time to realize under this emergency ... that we have to take an extraordinary action to help break the gridlock," the Democratic governor told the Personnel and Pensions Committee.
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