Talking state budget in Bloomington - Normal

By WEEK Producer

Talking state budget in Bloomington - Normal

June 14, 2012 Updated Jun 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM CDT

NORMAL., Ill. -- Business leaders in the Twin Cities got a chance to talk with local state representative about Illinois' budget crisis during a legislative forum Thursday morning in Normal.

McLean County Chamber of Commerce members came with questions for legislators on pension reform, one of several issues state is trying to resolve.

It will require a special legislative session of the general assembly this summer.

"A starting point is we've got to make sure that all our five pension systems are part of whatever potential legislation that is drafted," said State Representative Dan Brady (R-88th District)

"Somehow, we need to adjust the system to see that the system survives," said State Representative Keith Sommer (R-106th District). "If we don't make changes, there are those who rely on those benefits, say 10 years from now, those benefits many not be there at all."

One sticky point in recent pension discussions was shifting some of the financial burden to local school districts and state colleges.

Legislative leaders are scheduled to be in Springfield next week.

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