Lawmakers are back in Springfield today to tackle pensions, but it doesn't look like they're going to get anything accomplished. The legislative leaders haven't reached a deal yet and House Minority Leader Tom Cross says he won't support a plan that takes advantage of downstate families.
Cross says the cost-shift proposal will force property tax hikes on both downstate and suburban homeowners. He says he and his Republican colleagues will not support any plan that raises taxes. Lawmakers will consider several new pension bills in a special session today.