Quinn not optimistic about hitting deadline for pension reform
(MCT) — Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledged Monday what most others in state government have said for weeks: It's unlikely that he and legislative leaders will strike a deal on public employee pension reform by his June 30 deadline.
While Quinn said he's still pushing for a resolution by month's end, he admitted that a huge hurdle remains as Democrats and Republicans are split over a plan that would shift some retirement costs from the state to local school districts. Lawmakers left Springfield at the end of May without passing a major pension overhaul, prompting Quinn to set his own deadline.
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