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Lt. Gov. Simon rejects Illinois pension deal

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 7:31 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — Lieutenant Gov. Sheila Simon says she doesn't support pension legislation that's set to be considered by Illinois lawmakers.

The Democrat who's running for comptroller says the proposal backed by Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders "puts too much of the burden on lower income workers and retirees."

She says lawmakers should make the measure more equitable.

Supporters estimate the deal would save the state $160 billion over 30 years. Illinois has an estimated $100 billion pension shortfall that is the nation's worst.

Quinn says the 325-page legislation doesn't have everything he wanted, but says it's a bipartisan agreement that required compromise.

Still, it's also being opposed by labor unions, various Republican gubernatorial candidates and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, among others.

Legislators are expected to consider the bill Tuesday.

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