CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is calling
on lawmakers to resolve Illinois'
pension crisis in the next week, calling it "our state's own fiscal
In a press release Wednesday, Quinn says he salutes President Barack
Obama and Congress for coming up with a bipartisan solution to avert the
so-called fiscal cliff and prevent "devastating fiscal disaster." He
legislators now must do the same in regard to the state's $96 billion pension
The Senate returned to Springfield
on Wednesday for the start of the lame duck session. The House is scheduled to
return to Springfield
Quinn says he wants lawmakers to send him a bill by Jan. 9, when the
current session ends and new members take office.
He says Illinois can't move
forward without pension reform.