Dems say pension-focused Ill. budget not all gloom
(AP) -- Illinois
lawmakers expect Gov. Pat Quinn to focus on the pension crisis when he lays out
his state spending proposal Wednesday. But a prominent House Democrat points
out there is good news too.
The Democratic governor will lay out on
Wednesday his blueprint for the fiscal year that begins July 1. He has said it
will be "difficult" because so much money must be dedicated to
catching up with a $97 billion pension deficit.
His office already predicts a $400 million cut in education.
Rep. Frank Mautino, a Spring Valley
Democrat, says revenue should increase by more than $1 billion because of
increased tax receipts. He says that will help.
Republican Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine wants to hear Quinn take charge of the pension
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