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Senator optimistic pension glitch will be fixed

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:28 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – A state senator who’s trying to change a mistake in Illinois’ pension reform law says he’s optimistic it can be corrected.

But as lawmakers head back to Springfield Tuesday, state Sen. Daniel Biss says he isn’t sure yet just when or how that will happen.

The language in last year’s pension law would sharply reduce the pension of thousands of university employees if they don’t retire by June 30, and some worry that may push many public university employees to retire early.

Biss says the pension legislation was so difficult to pass in the first place that some lawmakers are reluctant to revisit it.

The Evanston Democrat says he doesn’t yet have a bill to make the change. But he says he’ll keep arguing their case.

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