Illinois governor merges pension funds in cost-cutting move

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure into law consolidating 649 local pension programs for police employees and firefighters, a move designed to bolster investment returns and save overhead costs.

The Democrat signed the measure Wednesday. It creates two statewide accounts—one for police and one for firefighters—a goal that has eluded Illinois politicians for 70 years.

The first-term governor says by pooling the combined $15 billion in assets in the two funds, returns will grow by as much as $2.5 billion in the first five years while cutting municipal costs for administering separate funds.

By JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer

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