Special session expected to form pension committee

3:16 AM, Jun 19, 2013   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers will convene a special session as called for by Gov. Pat Quinn.

It is expected legislators will move forward with plans to form a bipartisan committee to work for a compromise on pension reform. The committee was announced after it became clear lawmakers would not break an impasse over whether the Senate's or the House pension reform plan should be passed by the Legislature.

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton will meet with Quinn on Wednesday morning to discuss the committee. Both chambers would need to vote to establish the 10-member panel before day's end. Quinn's spokeswoman said the governor plans to call lawmakers back in July to vote on any compromise reached.

The state's $97 billion pension shortfall is the worst in the nation.

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