Quinn offers no detail on breaking pension impasse


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn calls a huge pension overhaul the "reform of our lifetime," but he's saying little about how to break a legislative impasse on the issue.

Quinn says the state must move quickly to reduce pension costs and shore up government retirement systems. He said credit-rating agencies will downgrade Illinois even further if something isn't done soon.

The Democratic governor said Friday that he'll meet with legislative leaders next week to work on a deal.

That will require some sort of compromise between the top Democrat and top Republican in the Illinois House. They each favor a different approach to paying future pension costs.

Quinn gave no clue to how he'll do that. He just says it will take everyone working together.

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