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Madigan pension fix would save less than estimated

Published: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 5:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 5:35 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – The estimated savings on a pension proposal backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan earlier this year is nearly $25 billion less than originally thought.

That's because the Teachers Retirement System – one of Illinois' five pension systems – said it made a mistake in its calculations. The change was outlined in a Monday letter to a bipartisan panel tasked with coming up with an approach to solving Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

Madigan's plan involves across-the-board cuts in benefits. It was originally touted to save Illinois about $187 billion over 30 years. However, the new estimate is about $163 billion in the same time period.

Another plan from Senate President John Cullerton, which had union support, was estimated to save roughly $47 billion over the same timeframe.

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