CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn played
down voters' rejection of a proposed amendment to the Illinois constitution that would have made
it harder to expand public employee retirement benefits.
A day after the elections, Quinn says he remains optimistic he can get
lawmakers to agree on a plan for bringing down spiraling costs of pensions for
government and other public sector workers.
The governor sought to separate the two, saying the proposed amendment
was not focused on the wholesale overhaul of the pension system that he has
Quinn says a complete overhaul is a necessary sacrifice in order to
balance the state's books and ensure public funds keep flowing to essential
services like schools and police departments.
Quinn told reporters
Tuesday he'll be "working on that issue night and day."