Lawmakers are tackling the state's massive pension problem when they head back to Springfield for special session next week. Governor Pat Quinn says the 83-billion dollar pension liability is taking away from other vital services.
Quinn says fixing the pension systems is less about government and more about the people of Illinois.
The state senate approved a measure restructuring pension payouts for legislators. They want the House to act on that proposal but Quinn says all the systems need to be reformed. Comprehensive reform hit a stalemate when lawmakers couldn't agree on a cost shift proposal that would've put a bigger burden on downstate and suburban communities. Both the House and Senate will be in session on August 17th.