State Government

Sen. Kirk says Illinois pension deal 'falls short'

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says a pension-reform deal under consideration in Springfield "falls short of finding the savings needed to solve Illinois' fiscal crisis."

The Republican senator issued his statement Monday morning. The deal that legislative leaders announced last week could go to a vote in the Illinois General Assembly as early as Tuesday. Kirk says state lawmakers shouldn't pass a bill that he says lawmakers and voters haven't had time to read.

Kirk says the proposal "relies heavily on accounting gimmicks" and doesn't prevent a permanent income tax hike.

The senator says Illinois won't get a federal bailout so "legislators must get this right."

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