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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says no 'clear roadmap' on pension reform

AP Photo/Seth Perlman
In this March 4, 2015 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at an event in Springfield, Ill. The Illinois Supreme Court struck down a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, a ruling that forces the state to find another way to overcome a massive budget deficit Friday May 8, 2015. The decree puts new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly back at the starting line in trying to figure out how to wrestle down a $111 billion deficit in what's necessary to cover its state employee retirement obligations.
AP Photo/Seth Perlman In this March 4, 2015 file photo, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks at an event in Springfield, Ill. The Illinois Supreme Court struck down a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation's worst government-employee pension crisis, a ruling that forces the state to find another way to overcome a massive budget deficit Friday May 8, 2015. The decree puts new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly back at the starting line in trying to figure out how to wrestle down a $111 billion deficit in what's necessary to cover its state employee retirement obligations.

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says there's no "clear roadmap" for a solution to the state's pension crisis after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down 2013 overhaul legislation last week.

The Republican governor wants to allow state workers and retirees to keep already earned benefits but move them to a less-generous plan going forward that he says would save the state $2.2 billion next year. But Rauner told reporters Thursday that there are now "concerns" whether his ideas will work.

Rauner's administration had defended the plan as constitutional before a House panel Wednesday afternoon, the same day Rauner privately met with Senate President John Cullerton about pension proposals.

Rauner says he's "feverishly endeavoring" to come up with a solution "that we have a high confidence level will pass constitutional muster."

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