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Quinn asks lawmakers to form committee on pensions

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn is asking legislative leaders to form a conference committee to forge a compromise on Illinois' $97 billion pension crisis.

Quinn is meeting Friday with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. He wants an agreement before Wednesday's special legislative session.

Madigan and Cullerton are in a stalemate over how to fix the pension problem. During the session that ended last month the House and Senate each approved bills sponsored by their chamber's leader.

Earlier this week Quinn asked Cullerton and Madigan to pass a measure that combines the two approaches. Days later Madigan filed an amendment that gutted Cullerton's bill and replaced it with his own.

Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says since the two leaders won't budge, a committee of lawmakers should work it out.

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