Quinn signs budget, urges action on pension reform
(MCT) — Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new state spending plan Saturday, using the opportunity to try to pressure lawmakers into reforming public pensions, warning that retirement funding is rapidly squeezing out dollars that otherwise could be available for schools, health care and social services.
As he acted on the $33.7 billion budget, the Democratic governor followed through on a vow to close prisons and facilities for the developmentally disabled. He recommended shifting the bulk of $57 million lawmakers used to keep prisons open to help offset cuts to the state's child-welfare agency, which was first reported Friday.
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