(AP) -- Lawmakers could finally move forward with a plan to address Illinois'
worst-in-the-nation pension problem.
A proposal that requires employees to pay more and freezes
cost-of-living increases for retirees is set to be heard Monday in a House
One of the bill's sponsors, Rep. Elaine Nekritz, says she's optimistic
it will move out of committee.
The proposal has the support of Gov. Pat Quinn and House Minority Leader
Quinn had set a deadline for pension legislation by Wednesday, when new
lawmakers are sworn in.
The proposal follows a weekend meeting of legislative leaders in Chicago. They emerged
without a deal but agreed to set aside a key sticking point, making suburban
and downstate schools pick up their own pension costs.