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Quinn: Senate to reconvene to try for pension fix

FILE - In this file photo taken Aug. 15, 2012 in Springfield, Ill., union members, supporters and labor leaders protest Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Lawmakers will convene again the first week in January in hopes of fixing the nation's worst case of underfunding state employees' pensions, a problem approaching $100 billion and mounting by $17 million per day. On the table are solutions that other states adopted as long as five years ago. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says the Senate is coming back to Springfield.

The governor held a news conference Tuesday to urge senators to reach a compromise on pensions when they reconvene at 3 p.m.

Tuesday is the final full day of the lame-duck session.

Members of a House committee approved a proposal calling for more employee contributions and freezing cost-of-living increases. The bill's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz, said Tuesday as she headed into a meeting with Quinn that it's an "uphill battle." She said she was going to talk with Quinn about a possible vote on her legislation by the full Illinois House.

Quinn has previously voiced support for Nekritz's bill, but Tuesday he wouldn't repeat that support. However he did reiterate that something needs to be done.


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