Illinois lawmakers work to solve pension problems

By WEEK Reporter

June 27, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bipartisan committee of ten Illinois lawmakers met Thursday in an attempt to find a solution to the state's pension problems.

The committee will try to do what the legislature could not do but members of the group and those testifying seemed to be saying that the Governor's July 9 deadline for a bipartisan agreement is not realistic.

"The Governor is fully invested in us getting a resolution here," said Representative Mike Zalewski. "I just worry that if we want to be comprehensive and fully do something that will be meaningful, and it doesn't come by July 9, I hope we can still get his support."

"Just listening to some of the folks on that committee, they spent more time complaining about the deadline than they should, in my opinion, have spent time doing the work getting pension reform," stated Governor Quinn.

Quinn said he and his staff were willing to work through the July 4 holiday to help come up with an agreement.

The Committee meets again July 3.

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