House adjourns without voting on pension reform


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House has adjourned without a floor vote on a contentious plan to reform the public-employee pension system.


A committee on Monday approved a compromise to close a $96 billion deficit in pension accounts. It would freeze cost-of-living increases and require higher employee contributions. It sets aside the prickly issue of whether school districts should help pay for teachers' retirement benefits.


Rep. Elaine Nekritz is the bill's sponsor. The Northbrook Democrat declined to push a floor vote Monday. She says it will be called Tuesday "at the earliest."


Gov. Pat Quinn wants a resolution before the current General Assembly's session ends Wednesday.


The Senate would have to approve the measure too -- and the Senate's not currently in session.

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