The Illinois House adjourned its lame-duck session without taking action to solve the state's multibillion pension problem.
Members had expected to vote on a last-ditch attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to save the broken-down pension talks.
Quinn proposed setting up a commission that could recommend changes to bridge a $96 billion deficit in public-employee pension accounts. The commission had until April 30 to make recommendations, which would have taken effect unless the Legislature voted against them.
Top lawmakers feared the move would have been illegal. A new General Assembly will be sworn in today.