IL Pension Deal Uncertain As Veto Session Nears

Oct 4, 2013

A proposed solution to Illinois' historic $100 million pension crisis is hanging in the balance as the state Legislature's October veto session approaches.

Key Democrats on a pension panel are pushing a plan to save the state $138 billion over the next 30 years, but Republican lawmakers want a number of changes.

House Speaker Michael Madigan hasn't yet committed to calling the proposal for a vote, either. Senate President John Cullerton supports the deal and calls it "less unconstitutional" than a previous plan that would have saved $163 billion.

The annual contribution to the fund, plus payments on past pension bonds, is about $7 point 65 billion this year. That number will increase in years to come without action.