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Court fight on pension reform termed 'inevitable'

CHICAGO (AP) — A spokeswoman for Lisa Madigan says the Illinois attorney general is "doing her job" to advise state lawmakers and make sure the Legislature's final plan on pension reform "survives an inevitable court challenge."

Spokeswoman Natalie Bauer says the attorney general "for more than a year" has been providing lawmakers with legal advice and analysis of the constitutional issues involved in solving the state's nearly $100 billion pension shortfall.

Her comments came Monday as former White House chief of staff Bill Daley said Madigan should give a legal opinion on the constitutionality of competing pension reform plans.

Daley is exploring a Democratic primary challenge to Quinn and outlined a three-part plan Monday that he says would end pension deadlock in Springfield.

Madigan is also a possible candidate for governor.

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