Pension cuts postponed in Illinois Legislature

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Legislature's spring session is over, but the work isn't.

Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders say they'll call lawmakers back to Springfield soon for another try at controlling pension costs that contribute to the state's deep budget problems.

That carries risks. Legislators could find themselves in an embarrassing deadlock just a few months before facing voters at the polls.

The General Assembly adjourned its session Friday morning after approving a tight budget and a major gambling expansion. But they couldn't agree on what to do about underfunded government pension programs that take up much of the state's revenue.

The big dispute is how much of the cost should be shifted to schools that currently aren't responsible for their workers' pensions.

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