Illinois House returns today for final pension deal push
CHICAGO – With time winding down on the lame-duck session and no deal yet between Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders, the House will convene Sunday for a final push to find a fix for Illinois' $96 billion pension crisis.
Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said Saturday he still believes an agreement is possible before Wednesday, when the current legislative session ends and new lawmakers are sworn into office.
Earlier in the week, Quinn announced a major sticking point had been set aside, as Madigan agreed to drop for now his proposal to shift pension costs for public school teachers from the state to local districts.
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