Pension talks fizzle again
(MCT) — Negotiations between Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders about public employee pension reform hit another roadblock Thursday, with talks morphing from a discussion about retirement benefits to education funding equality in Illinois.
The issues became entwined as Democrats continue to push a proposal that would shift some pension costs the state now pays to suburban and Downstate school districts. Republicans oppose the plan, saying it would force property taxes to rise as schools try to recoup the extra costs.
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