Illinois Fails To Pass State Pension Plan

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI)– It looks like Illinois lawmakers will have to hold a special summer session. They failed Thursday night to pass a state pension plan and the deadline was midnight.

The bill needed to reach at least 60 votes in the house to pass.

Governor Pat Quinn says that while the legislative session has been productive, lawmakers still have work to do for the people of Illinois.

Before Thursday night’s vote, the pension bill was stripped of its controversial requirement that many school districts, including some in southern Illinois start paying teacher pensions instead of the state.

This morning, there were a few heated exchanges as democratic members complained about the provision’s removal and took jabs at the republican house minority leader.

Governor Quinn says inaction on pension reform is not a choice. He’s calling a  meeting with top democratic and republican leaders in the coming week so they can come up with a pension reform agreement.

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