Illinois lawmakers consider pension reform over St. Patty's Day

By WEEK Producer

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers may be thinking about pension reform this St. Patrick's day weekend.

Two bills are slowly making their way through Springfield.

The first bill raises state worker's retirement age to 67, requires state workers to pay an extra t2-percent and cuts back on annual increases.

The second would do pretty much the same thing. It also offers up a back up plan. That is if the first half is shot down in court.

It would ask workers to either give up their health care and keep their current benefits or save their health care and get a reduced benefits package.

"Obviously, we have significant amount of work that needs to be included in any bill that's proposed," said Rep. Jason Barickman, (R) 53rd District. "The devils in the details, and I think as those details unfold, some of us will make our decision on whether we think it's a good bill."

While there are questions about the bills, they are fair to state workers and are even constitutional.

Any pension reform package could face a court challenge.

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